Google remains completely committed to freedom of expression and to privacy, and we have a strong track record of protecting both.

Todd Jackson, product manager for Gmail and Google Buzz, opens his response to privacy concerns on Google Buzz: NYT, with a nod to Baseline Scenario‘s wonderful take on meaningless corporate PR spin

People thought what they had was an address book for an e-mail program, and Google decided to turn that into a friends list for a new social network

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center: NYT. He plans to file a complaint with the FTC, arguing that Google’s attempt to convert an email program into a social network was unfair and deceptive. Danny Sullivan would say, “I don’t think people expected that Google would show the world who you are connected with. And if there was a way to opt out, it was really easy to miss.”