Why Google Got Buzzed By The FTC

Law360, New York (April 26, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. recently settled charges by the Federal Trade Commission that Google’s social networking service, Buzz, violated the FTC Act. The FTC-Google settlement prohibits Google from misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains and protects the confidentiality of users’ information and from misrepresenting its compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. In that regard, the settlement represents two important “firsts” in FTC enforcement:

The first time a comprehensive privacy program (as opposed to a comprehensive security program) was required by an FTC consent decree. The first...
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