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Manitoban Sues Google Buzz Program Over Privacy Issues

Last year in November, Google settled US lawsuits over its Google Buzz product, the company is now faces a new similar lawsuit originated in Canada.

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Tyler Wereha, of Rosa, Manitoba is suing Google for unspecified damages in a class-action suit over alleged problems with the launch of Goggle’s Buzz. The lawsuit appears to be raising the same issues brought up in last year’s US cases:

The statement of claim, filed in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench last week, alleges anyone who has exchanged at least one email with a person could add that person to their Buzz “following” list and immediately see private information, including the user’s profile, Buzz posts and follower and followings lists.

Information available to everyone “following” the user could contain the user’s occupation, where they live and contact information.

The lawsuit asks the courts to put a permanent injunction on Google, preventing it from operating Buzz in “a deceptive and unfair manner whereby causing the unwanted disclosure of personal information.”

A spokesman for Google could not be reached for comment.


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