Google Agrees To Privacy Checks To End FTC Buzz Case

Law360, New York (March 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT) -- After settling a putative class action over its Buzz social network for $8.5 million in November, Google Inc. consented Wednesday to two decades of independent privacy audits to resolve similar domestic and international privacy concerns from the Federal Trade Commission.

In an administrative complaint filed the same day, the consumer protection watchdog accused Google of using deceptive tactics that broke its own privacy promises to customers when it unveiled Buzz in 2010 and of running afoul of a safe harbor program that allows American companies to...
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