The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Google’s controversial Buzz launch.
Indeed, the Mountain View-based company recently attempted to transform Gmail into a social networking service, but ended up inadvertently displaying data based on a user’s most frequent address book contacts.
EPIC also proposed that Google transform Buzz into a “fully opt-in service” and urged the corporation to stop using private (Gmail) address book contacts for the compilation of social networking lists.
“This is a significant breach of consumers’ expectations of privacy,” opined EPIC executive director Marc Rotenberg.
“Google should not be allowed to push users’ personal information into a social network they never requested.”