brynndragon: (Rosie)
One last thing: apparently Google did *not* give Buzz to all Gmail users. In particular, people who have special privacy protection such as The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (e.g. people whose schools are providing them with Gmail accounts for e-mail) were not even given the option of using Buzz at all, much less auto-Buzzed and auto-follow(ed/ing). The implications of that are pretty ugly, crossing the line from stupidity to malice - someone at Google told the team there *was* the potential for privacy violation and they went ahead with it anyway for people who don't have legal protection against such violation.

What does that tell me? That we the general public should be asking for a law to grant us privacy protection rights in a similar fashion. It saddens me that a freakin' law needs to be made, but it would be difficult to find a more clear-cut example of the difference between having legal protection and not having that protection. I am going to contact Kerry, Brown, and Capuano about this.
brynndragon: (Rosie)
One last thing: apparently Google did *not* give Buzz to all Gmail users. In particular, people who have special privacy protection such as The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (e.g. people whose schools are providing them with Gmail accounts for e-mail) were not even given the option of using Buzz at all, much less auto-Buzzed and auto-follow(ed/ing). The implications of that are pretty ugly, crossing the line from stupidity to malice - someone at Google told the team there *was* the potential for privacy violation and they went ahead with it anyway for people who don't have legal protection against such violation.

What does that tell me? That we the general public should be asking for a law to grant us privacy protection rights in a similar fashion. It saddens me that a freakin' law needs to be made, but it would be difficult to find a more clear-cut example of the difference between having legal protection and not having that protection. I am going to contact Kerry, Brown, and Capuano about this.
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So I woke up this morning (er, shortly after noon) to find that Fugitivus, the blog of the now infamous "Fuck You, Google" post about privacy concerns with Google Buzz (and the follow-up post "Screw You, Google"), is now a protected blog that I can't read with my Wordpress account (meaning the protection is not being used as a host-deny list but rather as a host-allow). I'm hoping that this is simply battening down the hatches during a storm, that the blog will be back in its full public glory soon. But it's quite worrisome - I hope she's OK, and I hope that Google hasn't, in its reckless enthusiasm to join to world of social media, accidentally chased an awesome female blogger who talks about subjects that go without saying far too frequently in our culture (e.g. rape and abuse, including when one is married to one's rapist/abuser) off the blogosphere.

ETA: From Harriet's twitter feed: "Blog set to private for now. Will return when things have calmed down". So looks like my hope was right. If you're interested in knowing when she comes back, let me know.
brynndragon: (Default)
So I woke up this morning (er, shortly after noon) to find that Fugitivus, the blog of the now infamous "Fuck You, Google" post about privacy concerns with Google Buzz (and the follow-up post "Screw You, Google"), is now a protected blog that I can't read with my Wordpress account (meaning the protection is not being used as a host-deny list but rather as a host-allow). I'm hoping that this is simply battening down the hatches during a storm, that the blog will be back in its full public glory soon. But it's quite worrisome - I hope she's OK, and I hope that Google hasn't, in its reckless enthusiasm to join to world of social media, accidentally chased an awesome female blogger who talks about subjects that go without saying far too frequently in our culture (e.g. rape and abuse, including when one is married to one's rapist/abuser) off the blogosphere.

ETA: From Harriet's twitter feed: "Blog set to private for now. Will return when things have calmed down". So looks like my hope was right. If you're interested in knowing when she comes back, let me know.
brynndragon: (Default)
There's been an update to the "not like this" link in my post about Google Buzz. She's downgraded her "Fuck" to "Screw", to indicate that they hadn't quite fucked up as hard as it looked.

I just want to point out this line from the project manager of Buzz: We’re sorry that the product experience was extremely confusing. . . Confusing? CONFUSING?!? It was downright terrifying for stalked/abused women (and men, but if more men were (known/accepted as being) stalked I bet you cash money they'd've done things rather differently). I still thinks this qualifies as Evil, but at least it's not the physically-dangerous-to-your-users sort of Evil.
brynndragon: (Default)
There's been an update to the "not like this" link in my post about Google Buzz. She's downgraded her "Fuck" to "Screw", to indicate that they hadn't quite fucked up as hard as it looked.

I just want to point out this line from the project manager of Buzz: We’re sorry that the product experience was extremely confusing. . . Confusing? CONFUSING?!? It was downright terrifying for stalked/abused women (and men, but if more men were (known/accepted as being) stalked I bet you cash money they'd've done things rather differently). I still thinks this qualifies as Evil, but at least it's not the physically-dangerous-to-your-users sort of Evil.
brynndragon: (Internet Arguement)
If you're wondering why I just unfollowed/blocked you on Google Buzz, don't take it personally - I've unfollowed/blocked everyone until Google can figure out how privacy works (a hint: not like this). If you want to do that yourself, just click on the Buzz link (mine is on the left side above the Inbox link) and click "Edit" at the top to change the name (because OMG my full real name was attached to my non-real-name Gmail account and multiple other people's real names/Gmails for days and I didn't even know - until just now I never even clicked on anything to do with Buzz, much less posted anything), then click on the "has $foo followers" to block people and "is following $foo" to unfollow people.
brynndragon: (Internet Arguement)
If you're wondering why I just unfollowed/blocked you on Google Buzz, don't take it personally - I've unfollowed/blocked everyone until Google can figure out how privacy works (a hint: not like this). If you want to do that yourself, just click on the Buzz link (mine is on the left side above the Inbox link) and click "Edit" at the top to change the name (because OMG my full real name was attached to my non-real-name Gmail account and multiple other people's real names/Gmails for days and I didn't even know - until just now I never even clicked on anything to do with Buzz, much less posted anything), then click on the "has $foo followers" to block people and "is following $foo" to unfollow people.

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