An assortment of cross-party lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives has officially asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the launch of Google Buzz for potentially breaching consumer privacy.
Trouble was brewing early on for Google over its launch of Buzz, with privacy advocates quick to file a class action complaint in San Jose federal court last month.
Now PC World reports that six Democrats have joined five Republicans from the House of Energy and Commerce Committee in petitioning the FTC to look into Google’s handling of the launch, which they say exposed Gmail users’ private information to outsiders.
Google must be getting used to this by now. There is barely anything that Google is going to do that won’t rile some politicians looking to keep their names in the press. Of course, the FTC is already more than a little curious about Google’s approach to privacy as evidenced by the exiting commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour’s remarks earlier in the month.
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The representatives also questioned how Google’s planned acquisition of mobile advertising vendor AdMob will affect consumer privacy.
What are your thoughts on Google Buzz and privacy after the initial concerns were put to rest? Is there need for the government to be asking Google about its business practices? Maybe the government should be thanking Google since they seem to be one of the few companies hiring people rather than laying them off these days. Wasn’t Washington supposed to be concentrating on that pesky economy thing anyway?
Here’s something that might be fun. Let’s try to predict what the next Google activity will be that will be ‘probed’ by the folks in Washington. What do you think Washington should do to Google next? This is fun isn’t it?