Google deflects PR firm's attack of Gmail privacy

It's not as if Google lacks privacy controversies to quell.

Yet Burson-Marsteller, a top-five public relations firm, is attempting to pile more on.

Burson last week stepped up a whisper campaign to get top-tier media outlets, including USA TODAY, 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.

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