Google Buzz off a new round of privacy dispute

Google this week for Gmail account in the global deployment of Google Buzz social services, but the new on-line soon led to the outside of Google Buzz questioned its privacy policy.

Google Buzz integrate with status updates, links, photos and video, social sharing capabilities, the mobile location-sharing feature has also been added. One of the controversial rise to privacy functions Google Buzz can automatically identify the most commonly Gmail users to contact friends and generate follow / have been following the list, and the user to follow the / were to follow the object list is public information.

Silicon Alley Insider analysis, which allows friends or strangers can see Buzz user's contact list, imagine, if a wife discovers her husband frequent contact with the ex-girlfriend, or boss subordinate and competition found in the company's Executive contacts that might the formation of disputes.

According to Google shows that users could still manually set to follow / have been following the list can also change the user's Google file, select the list is not made public.

However, criticism is generally the death of privacy settings, the default value should be closed, rather than the user simply follow the recommendations of the various Google settings, only to find privacy no longer intact.

Market observers also criticized the location of mobile version of Buzz-sharing function, pointed out that although the user visits Buzz mobile site, the system will ask whether users are willing to share location information, once agreed, will become the default value, followed by each user the article will be posted with location tags. Because users often forget that when you set the option to visit, and this may be inadvertently continued to disclose their location.

For the public criticism, Google Buzz product manager Todd Jackson Thursday (2 / 11) that has changed the relevant settings, including allowing users to more easily share the following settings are / were to follow the list, but also when you first use Buzz will ask; and to provide users with the ability to block his followers, regardless of the followers of whether to establish a Google document, the original Buzz only allows users to block Google documents followers have been established; segment has a public documents whether or not to follow / be following list, which allows users to better identify which contact person will appear in the list of its public documents.