Google will today announce a new confirmation page for its controversial Buzz social networking tool, designed to allay widespread concerns over privacy.
The web firm launched the new functionality for its Gmail service in February, allowing users to post messages and share photos and other information with other users.
However, Google soon faced a storm of complaints from users who felt that they had been opted in without their consent and automatically forced to follow certain contacts.
Google tweaked the settings soon after and again a couple of days later, in an attempt to address the concerns.
The changes included the removal of the auto follow functionality, to be replaced by a suggested list of contacts to follow. A 'Buzz' tab was also added to Gmail settings so that users were able to hide Buzz from Gmail or disable it completely.
However, the problem with these changes is that they applied only to new users, not those who signed up to Buzz at the very beginning, a problem Google is now set to address.
"Offering everyone who uses our products transparency and control is very important to us, so if you started using Google Buzz before we changed the start-up experience, you'll see the following confirmation page the next time you click into the Buzz tab," wrote Google product manager Todd Jackson.
"This page highlights your current Buzz settings and makes it easy to change anything you want."
Jackson said that the page will give all users the chance to choose their own settings, including who they follow, who follows them and whether they want these lists to be kept private or not.
Buzz recently came in for criticism from US congressmen, who asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible privacy breaches.
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