Google To Pay $8.5 Million in Buzz Privacy Lawsuit
Google will give $8.5 million to privacy education and policy organizations as a result of a class action settlement over its Buzz social networking feature.
The announcement came in a Nov. 2 e-mail to Gmail users, explaining that following Google's February launch of Buzz, the company was sued by "a group of Buzz users" that believed Google violated user privacy by automatically adding Buzz to Gmail without letting users know what information would be shared.
Google wrote that it has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, "most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web." Though everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, nobody will receive monetary compensation.
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