A global coalition of ten privacy regulators recently criticized Google for not taking a strong enough stance when it comes to the privacy of its users. The launch of the Google Buzz social networking service earlier this year was seen as more proof that the search giant appears to treat privacy as an afterthought, according to the regulators.

The group delivered a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt earlier this month, which asked that Google reduce the amount of data it collects about its users and provide more transparent notice about how that information will be used.

"We are increasingly concerned that, too often, the privacy rights of the world's citizens are being forgotten as Google rolls out new technological applications," the letter stated. 

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