FTC OKs Deal With Google Over Buzz Privacy Claims

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved a settlement with Google Inc. on Monday, resolving claims that the Internet services giant violated privacy regulations during the launch of its social network, Google Buzz.

Following a public comment period earlier this year, FTC voted 4-0 to approve the settlement, under which Google agreed to undergo independent privacy audits every two years until 2031.

The vote came about a week Google's announcement that it would retire Buzz and several other social networking products in the next few weeks.

"We didn't get everything right with the Buzz launch and look forward to putting this behind...

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