Officials from Germany, Canada, France and seven other countries are raising privacy concerns to Google’s CEO over the online search leader’s fumbled foray into social networking along with other matters.

Google launched Google Buzz as part of its Gmail service in February. Buzz quickly came under fire for automatically creating public circles of friends for users, based on their most frequent Gmail contacts. After complaints, the company apologised and made changes to the service.

But in a letter to CEO Eric Schmidt, the officials say they are still “extremely concerned about how a product with such significant privacy issues was launched in the first place.”


Google's Buzz sets internet humming February 12, 2010