Despite the apologies and quick-fixes, Google still has a lot of explaining to do about Buzz. And if the FTC decides to hear the Electronic Privacy Information Centre’s, they could have to do more than just explain.
EPIC’s 16-page complaint, filed yesterday, cites a dissatisfaction with the measures Google has taken so far to shore up Buzz’s security. Users still have to opt out of the service, and Buzz still uses address books to build follower/following lists:
An FTC complaint is significant because it frames the discomfort over Buzz legally. Should the agency choose to investigate – which given the degree of public outcry and clear privacy violations, they may well – that could result in government regulation of the service. If nothing else, it’s another black mark on Buzz, and another indication that while Google may “do no evil”, they don’t necessarily do much good, either. [EPIC via Ars Technica]