As FTC Settles Google Buzz Privacy Case with Agreed Policy, Google Debuts New Search-Sharing Tool
It is designed to encourage users to share their search results online with social network contacts at the touch of a button. A Official Google Blog post provides details of the new +1 function.
Future violations will carry a $16,000 penalty, the newspaper notes.
The FTC’s complaint (PDF) alleged that Google didn’t adequately disclose to those who enrolled in Buzz that previously private information was going to be shared by default unless they affirmatively acted to keep it private.
“Further, the controls that would allow the user to change the defaults were confusing and difficult to find,” the FTC says in the complaint.
An Official Google Blog post offers an apology and says the company is pleased to have the situation resolved.
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