Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Google Buzz reached settlement

I got yesterday an email from google like all buzz users about their settlement, if you choose not to be included in the settlement you can opt out otherwise all US gmail users are automatically included.
Google will pay $8.5 million to an independent fund, which is nice but in comparison how much money google has just like I would give $50 from my cash to a charity.
Google is more and more under fire. First in Germany about Streetview, then in France because of their ad policy. Then in in the States for security breach.

After all google sues the government that they can't offer a proposal to department of the interior. The suit filed in the US Court of Federal Claims argues the agency's request was written to exclude Google's online service such as Google online apps, by stating the system had to include Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.

Here the email about google buzz settlement.

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (, a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at

This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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