Google launched its social netwrking application, Buzz last week – straight into a storm of criticism over how it handles privacy. However, the company moved quickly over the weekend to tweak the application and allay users' fears.
Pablo Chavez, managing policy counsel at Google, blogs that users have given the company a wealth of feedback since Buzz launched on Tuesday.
"We've heard your concerns loud and clear, and we've already taken steps to address them," he says. "On Thursday we made some improvements to Buzz so that privacy controls are more visible and useful. And yesterday afternoon we announced further changes that we'll be rolling out over the next few days — including modifying the start-up process so that you review our suggestions for people to follow (rather than automatically following them from the get-go), and adding a Buzz tab to the Gmail settings page so that privacy controls are more easily accessible."
Tod Jackson, product manager for Gmail and Google Buzz, also blogged about the concerns and acknowledging concerns.
One of the biggest concerns regarded a feature in Buzz that automatically connected people based on users most frequent e-mail and chat uage. This will be modified to suggest friends rather than making them automatic.