Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she is “disappointed” that Google Inc. launched its new social network service Buzz without consulting her office. Google Buzz is a new Twitter-like feature available on Gmail that allows users to post status updates, comments and share content. Stoddart said in a release Wednesday that she has asked Google to explain how it has addressed privacy issues relating to Buzz. “The Commissioner ... expressed disappointment that, despite the clear and significant privacy implications, the California-based corporation failed to consult her Office prior to unveiling Buzz in Canada,” the release said. Stoddart said in the release that all companies “must abide by Canadian privacy laws.” “We have seen a storm of protest and outrage over alleged privacy violations and my Office also has questions about how Google Buzz has met the requirements of privacy law in Canada," Stoddart said. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner says some Gmail users reported that they were automatically assigned a network of Buzz “followers” based on their pre-existing email contacts. They also allege that the new assigned list of followers was publicly available in an online profile. An American privacy watchdog group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, filed a complaint against Buzz with the US Federal Trade Commission Tuesday. The complaint argues that Buzz violates federal consumer protection law by automatically creating a network of followers. This weekend Google altered Buzz to suggest followers to users instead of adding them automatically. “With Google Buzz, we wanted to make the getting started experience as quick and easy as possible, so that you wouldn't have to manually peck out your social network from scratch,” Gmail and Google Buzz product manager Todd Jackson wrote on the official Gmail blog Feb. 13. “However, many people just wanted to check out Buzz and see if it would be useful to them, and were not happy that they were already set up to follow people. This created a great deal of concern and led people to think that Buzz had automatically displayed the people they were following to the world before they created a profile.” Google will continue to introduce changes to Buzz this week, the company says. “We quickly realized that we didn't get everything quite right. We're very sorry for the concern we've caused and have been working hard ever since to improve things based on your feedback. We'll continue to do so,” Jackson wrote.