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Buzz Lawsuit Costed 8.5 million US dollars to Google

Google agreed to pay 8.5 million US dollars to settle a privacy lawsuit over “Buzz” social networking tool added to free email service Gmail, according to court documents. Lawyers that filed the class-action suit staked out 30% of the settlement money and the seven named plaintiffs were to get no more than 2,500 dollars each, according to court documents. The rest of the money, which Google is to deposit in a fund, was earmarked for organizations devoted to Internet privacy policy or education.

The settlement also called on the California-based Internet giant to do more to educate people about privacy at Buzz. Facing a slew of privacy complaints in the wake of the Buzz launch, Google has made changes to new social networking tool.

“Google has made changes to the Google Buzz user interface that clarify Google Buzz’s operation and users’ options regarding Google Buzz,” the settlement maintained.


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