Will Google Face a Lawsuit From 31 Million Users Over Buzz?

Feb.19.10 | About: Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)

This took a little longer than I thought, but a Florida woman has filed a class action complaint in San Jose federal court alleging that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Buzz shared personal data without consent.

The legal complaint accuses Google of breaking various electronic communications laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The plaintiff is seeking injunctions to prevent the company from taking similar actions in the future, and unspecified monetary relief.

Eva Hibnick and her legal team–whom we won’t name, because clearly they agreed to help her for the glory of suing Google–wants to enjoin the 31.2 million U.S. Gmail users that were duped into revealing their most personal contacts.

Like all lawsuits that involve Google, don’t hold your breath. This thing is likely to be a long, protracted mess, with many appeals and objections. If nothing else, this should add to all the reasons why Google should set its arrogance aside and not assume it knows what’s best for its users.

I suspect, we’ll never see such a clumsy product launch from Google, ever again.