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Google To Pay $8.5 Million In Buzz Privacy Settlement

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    Last Updated: September 6, 2010

    eldavojohn writes “Google’s Buzz service will cost the company $8.5 million in settling a class action lawsuit related to the privacy debacle from the days after its release. Ars reports: ‘In the proposed settlement submitted to the court this week, Google agreed to make efforts to better educate Buzz users on issues of privacy and the particular privacy features that Buzz offers. Additionally, Google also agreed to pay out $8.5 million to a fund which will be disbursed as cy pres awards for organizations that focus on Internet privacy policy or education.’ In other words, the victims (Buzz users) won’t see any of that money, but it will be used to promote healthy Internet privacy policies.” Several readers have also noted that Google has simplified its privacy policy, condensing a number of product-specific policies into one and adding a privacy tools page in an effort to make everything more easily understood.

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