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Local class action complaint filed over Google Buzz

submitted on February 18, 2010 by siggy38 in "Member's Lounge"
A class action complaint filed in San Jose federal court alleges that Google Inc. broke the law when its controversial Google Buzz service shared personal data without the consent of users.
The filing is the latest in a string of criticisms generated by the Mountain View Internet giant's social networking tool, since it launched last week.
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on November 2, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Every gmail user has received the following information regarding a proposed settlement:

    from Google Buzz
    to xxxxx@gmail.com
    date Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM
    subject Important Information about Google Buzz Class Action 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 (http://buzz.google.com), 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 http://www.BuzzClassAction.com.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    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.

    Google Inc. | 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway | Mountain View, CA 94043

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