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New Details on the Google Buzz Class Action Suit

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For those of you with Gmail, you may have been notified about the state of the Google Buzz class action suit. The litigation followed the disastrous launch of the social network where personal contacts were automatically added and exposed to the public on the user's Google profile. (Hope that affair was worth it!)

Yesterday, Google announced it has reached a settlement via email. It read:
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.
But before you start getting your hopes up about getting a piece of the settlement pie, Google has allocated an $8.5 million fund that will go toward "existing organizations focused on Internet privacy policy or privacy education." So no, you won't be getting any cash.

On its official class action site, Google laid out your options:
  • EXCLUDE YOURSELF - This is the only option that allows you to bring your own lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against Google about the legal claims resolved in this Settlement. You must mail your request for exclusion so that it is received no later than December 6, 2010.
  • OBJECT - Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement. Your objection must be received by January 10, 2011.
  • GO TO A HEARING - Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. Send your Notice of Intent to Appear so that it is received no later than January 10, 2011.
  • DO NOTHING - Give up your rights to sue Google about the legal claims in this case and thereby accept the terms of this Settlement.
So unless you have a bigger and better Google Buzz lawsuit you wish to bring to the table, looks like "do nothing" is your most rewarding option.
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