I don’t know anyone worth adding into my personal social mediasphere left in my Gmail address book who isn’t a total luddite living life without a cell phone, bank card, or voicemail. Do I really want to try and add these people to my Buzz network? Do you?
In order to meet industry standards for protecting privacy on the Internet, Google should shut down new social-media service Buzz and reboot it as a service that gives informed consent back to users.
Cnet’s right. Google Buzz is an absolute privacy nightmare when it comes to social media platforms, or best practices on the Internet, in general. Here’s why–and why you should consider opting out of the new service until Google cleans up its act.