Thu Feb 11, 2010 @ 09:22AM PST
By Eriq Gardner
Google has been taking a lot of heat since Tuesday's launch of a new social-networking feature called Buzz that allows users to post status updates to contacts and make comments on other people's updates. Most controversially, Google Buzz allows people by default
to see who their contacts e-mail and chat with most.
This could be a problem in Hollywood, especially among lawyers and agents.
There's already been discussion about the privacy implications
of a system that may accidentally reveal journalist sources, cheating husbands and others — but how about the lawyers who have ethical requirements regarding confidentiality of clients?
Let's go further:
Just a few things to contemplate. Obviously, other social media such as Twitter and Facebook have raised similar issues for a few years now. We're also interested in the ramifications of a hot social-networking platform called Foursquare
- How will this impact client relationships? Let's say some B-list star discovers he or she isn't getting as much attention as a rival.
- How will this impact client poaching? Let's say some agent discovers that Ari Emanuel or Richard Lovett has been e-mailing with his star client?
- How could this impact the discovery process during litigation? Let's say a lawyer uncovers that a film executive had been communicating often with a writer whose script he claims to have never read.
that broadcasts a person's whereabouts to the world. These tools have become popular ways to keep people connected, but they may also have other unintended uses.