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MidnightCowboy 17. Feb 2010 01:01 PM

Google Buzz "breaks privacy laws"
Concern is being expressed in a report here about the new Google service.

deya 17. Feb 2010 04:30 PM

It's better that they've provided an option to turn it off if you don't want Buzz in your Gmail, or back on if you do. It's at the bottom of the account page alongside 'Google Mail view: standard' if anyone wasn't aware of how to do it. I did read somewhere the other day that most users had turned Buzz off.

deya 17. Feb 2010 04:35 PM

Here it is.

MidnightCowboy 17. Feb 2010 04:44 PM

Thanks deya, this is useful. I also liked this comment which appeared in the comments attached to rhiannon's article on the main page.

"This article was worth "the moon" just for the valuable info on exactly how to turn the damn thing OFF! Thanks, Rhiannon
Anonymous in Charlotte, NC"

I guess you have to have some sympathy for both MS and Google. Every time they come up with something new, two days later a tweaking guide appears with instructions about how to disable it! :D

Bob 17. Feb 2010 08:19 PM

...opting out.

Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 22833)
"This article was worth "the moon" just for the valuable info on exactly how to turn the damn thing OFF! Thanks, Rhiannon
Anonymous in Charlotte, NC"

Thanks all of you for the heads up on how to disable Google Buzz in Gmail. :)

18. Feb 2010 12:48 PM

I imagine that the people that have their details 'outed' might reach for an attorney, especially the rich ones. I doubt that will worry Google, and that is really worrying.

Hmm, best of luck to them :)


Jillian 20. Feb 2010 09:30 PM

Thanks so much. I have been wondering how to do this ever since Buzz showed up. So now I have turned Buzz off.

Anupam 21. Feb 2010 08:37 AM

Google has made certain changes to Buzz.

Now, you can turn off Buzz, and also delete your profile.

To do this, click on Edit, and on the edit page, at the bottom, there is a link named :

Delete profile and disable Google Buzz completely

The description is : "This will disable Google Buzz integration in Gmail and delete your Google profile and Buzz posts. It will also disconnect any connected sites and unfollow you from anyone you are following".

Anupam 21. Feb 2010 08:41 AM

If you still want keep using Buzz, but are concerned about privacy, then change these settings.

On the Edit your profile page, there is a checkbox with description :

"Display my full name so I can be found in search (also required to use Google Buzz and Latitude)".

Uncheck it, if you do not want yourself to be searched via Google.

Another checkbox is there, with description :

"Display the list of people I'm following and people following me"

Uncheck it too, if you do not want to let other people see... whom are you following, and who are following you.

Also uncheck the Profile URL checkbox.

This is because of this description : "To make it easier for people to find your profile, you can customize your URL with your Google email username. (Note this can make your Google email address publicly discoverable.) This unique name will also be used in other links to your content on Google. To help others discover your profile, in some Google services contacts who know your email address will see a link to your profile."

sa1 16. Mar 2010 04:16 PM

Here is a better news source describing Google's changes to Buzz:
:D Just joking.

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