Google ‘Buzz’ed with Class-Action Lawsuit
Quite a Public Backlash has Sprung Up Since Google Announced ‘Buzz’ Last Week
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, law firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. have filed a
suit on behalf of Eva Hibnick, a Florida woman, who has been chosen to represent the many Gmail users
who felt used when Google launched Buzz.
Hibnick's lawyers reportedly accuse Google of breaking all sorts of laws with respect to legal
communications. Specifically, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is alleged to have been contravened.
This act's provisions seem to cover such infractions as "Compromising the Confidentiality of a Computer"
and "Knowing Transmission and Intentional Damage." Buzz make a user’s most recent email targets
visible in Gmail.
Strangely, the lawsuit reportedly asks for an assurance that Google, which says it has not yet seen the
lawsuit, will not repeat its Buzzing actions in years to come and asks for unspecified cash. The lawyers claim
to be taking this severe action on behalf of all 31.2 million Gmail users. So they must hope for very large
amounts of unspecified cash, if they are to please them all.
Some might find it troublesome to suppress that all of this negative buzz is occurring while Google CEO
Eric Schmidt was addressing the Mobile World Congress and stressing the need to "stay end-user-
Google is the hands-down leader in the search engine world
Buzz, which will work through the popular Gmail service, will allow users to post status updates, photos and links to
members of their network
• Users can pull in their activity on other sites like Twitter, Flickr and Picasa
• Aims to weed out what Google calls ‘the clutter of other networking sites’
By letting users post photos, links and updates openly, the tool would mimic Twitter's micro-blogging format.
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