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Google Buzz: I want to get rid of this invasion of privacy "buzzing"...what can I do?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11266points) February 17th, 2010

Okay…so….I learn that “Buzz” that I have been looking at as little gnat in the corner of my Gmail has opted to put ALL my contacts and information in their version of “Facebook” without my permission. I did NOT ask to join, nor did I even look at it as an option when it came up on my screen a few days ago. I don’t even like Facebook and have the minimal information and everyone blocked on that. (I just joined because a good friend twisted my arm and told me I was primeval for resisting.) As I’ve stated in this forum before, Fluther is one of the only places I post because it seems to have a lot of thoughtful, interesting and relatively sane people on it. It’s a nice community.

I went over to attempt to get rid of the “Buzz” and guess what? They do NOT have the same “opt-out” buttons on each account…isn’t that nice? I have a few accounts on Gmail…on one of them, I was able to “opt-out” by clicking on a button that was at the end of “Accounts” in Settings. Guess what? The others DID NOT have this. There doesn’t seem to be a continuity in HOW to delete Buzz completely. It seems that if you attempt to begin blocking people (which is what I did at first not finding that button) then, you automtatically are showing that you want the ridiculous, privacy-invading thing and you no longer have an option to opt-out.

There is no listing called “Buzz” in settings (as there was for one account) so that you can get in there and delete it.

Does anyone know what I can do? I don’t want to network, be friends with complete strangers, or insist that everyone know what I am doing every minute of the day. Some strange guy was following me——I don’t even want ANY friends that I love following me—-but who the heck was this guy? And why was he following ME? (This is a Huxley nightmare gone wild, frankly.)

I think that others must be facing this dilemma…and I hope someone comes up with a class action lawsuit. I will be the first in line.

Can someone help me DELETE BUZZ completely?

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Sandydog's avatar

According to news reports Google are trying to correct this ( albeit belatedly ), so we’ll actually have to wait and see what happens. They have admitted it wasn’t tested properly before its release.

DocteurAville's avatar

If you have enabled it already —pray! That is all you can do.

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