The Federal Trade Commission has accused Google of using “deceptive tactics” with the launch of its social networking service Google Buzz, and has imposed regular audits on the company to ensure customer privacy is not breached.
Launched as an extension to Gmail, the initial days of Buzz seemed to pose a serious threat to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Instead, it somehow ended up being a threat to its own users, by making them unintentionally broadcast their personal information such as telephone numbers, office, or even home addresses etc.
This development will certainly make Facebook, which in the past has come in for similar sort of accusations a number of times, rethink its own privacy policies also.
Google has just launched a feature similar to Facebook 'likes', called +1 on its search engine, allowing users to make publicly visible recommendations.