Google Buzz Settlement Will Cost The Search Company $8.5 Million

The way that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) integrated Buzz into their services was terrible. They attempted to combine photos, Facebook, Twitter, photos, and other social media content into Gmail without a backlash. Making things worse, Google attempted to automatically populate a list of Buzz friends by using knowledge about who you e-mailed the most in Gmail. This was a huge privacy issue and many privacy complaints followed with the FTC in the form of a class action lawsuit.

This class action lawsuit against Google led to an $8.5 million settlement. Google is giving this money to an independent fund which will support organizations that promote privacy education and policy on the web.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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