Google Pays $8.5M To Settle Buzz Class Action

Law360, New York (November 3, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a putative class action alleging its Buzz social networking program violated the privacy rights of e-mail users.

The company sent an e-mail on Tuesday to all Gmail users in the U.S. announcing the settlement over the program, which was rolled out in February and automatically added to users' accounts.

The settlement money will not provide compensation to individual users, but instead largely support organizations that promote privacy education and policy on the Web, the company said...
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