Gmail's "Social Circle" Feature Called Privacy Problem

A top-five public relations firm stepped up a whisper campaign to get top-tier media outlets to run news stories and editorials about how an obscure Google Gmail feature -- Social Circle -- ostensibly tramples the privacy of millions of Americans and violates federal fair trade rules. Google said that Social Circle in fact allows Gmail users to make social connections based on public information and private connections across its products in ways that don't skirt privacy.