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Class-Action Suit Filed Against Google, and Buzz

     
4:59 pm on Feb 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Class-Action Suit Filed Against Google, and Buzz [pcmag.com]
Law firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Wednesday filed a class-action complaint in San Jose, Calif., federal court against Google, and its Buzz technology, on behalf of Eva Hibnick, a 24-year-old Harvard Law School student.

The suit, reported by ABC News, is the first reported suit filed against Google about Buzz, which unexpectedly exposed relationships users had with others when Google turned on the technology. Google has since offered two methods to turn off Buzz.
10:04 am on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This may be the first of may legal issues confronting Google given their total lack of concern about their user base privacy. I'm personally pleased to read about this.

I'm sure the true extent of privacy violations that are taking place at Google would make Buzz pale in comparison.
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I'm sure the true extent of privacy violations that are taking place at Google would make Buzz pale in comparison.


Should the full extent of the privacy "issues" should ever come to light, there will be a lot of Buzz around it. Muhahaha.
11:23 am on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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glad to hear it, hope its the 1st of many!
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I'm sad for google. I hope they'll be more cautious next time.
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I would think a Harvard law student would know that Google is legally fine with anything they do. Every Google account you sign up for has a huge clause that basically says "any information you have is now ours to use".
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"any information you have is now ours to use".

If I tell you upfront I'm going to commit fraud it doesn't make it legal. Not that Google is, but you get my point.
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@dertyfern Except that... Because of Gorg implicit contract with you, mentioned in a previous thread, it would almost seem impossible to look at their TOS without first agreeing to their TOS
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albo, interesting comment. Love to read that thread--can you post?
6:29 pm on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I thought a class action involved numerous people, not just one person.
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If I tell you upfront I'm going to commit fraud it doesn't make it legal.


Haha, touche. Let's just say it would blow my mind to see Google lose a court case on this particular issue.
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It's more than one. ;) "Law firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.,"
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Let's just say it would blow my mind to see Google lose a court case on this particular issue.

Sadly, I totally agree with you. They'll be saved by an army of highly paid lawyers who fall back on program terms and agreements.

These same terms are so complex, most law students wouldn't understand them. But yet the average Joe is supposed to be bound by them...

The average user will click on anything just to get their "free" web tool, video, program, you name it.
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As one smart fellow said you’ll know the end is in sight when the corporations have destroyed every last vestige of privacy. Ask Tiger Woods. We’ll get back to you later once you’ve posted enough stupidity on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever place you feel everybody needs to know. Apparently big business has a willing partner in most people. They see no evil because they’re blind. Then comes the infamous line you can’t do anything about it. Plus I see no harm in it.
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I would like to have had Buzz OFF by default, it should have been.

That being said Google knows that to reach critical mass they needed to have it turned on by default. It was a gamble and it backfired a little bit. It was also a good business decision in the current state of the net.