Google Lawsuit

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  1. tigris
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    In an e-mail to users, Google officially announced the settlement of its Google Buzz class-action lawsuit, reports Switched.



    As PCMag.com notes, affected users (i.e. those that received the e-mail) have four options: accept the settlement, object, go to a hearing or do nothing. However, none of the options will result in cash. Instead, the $8.5 million settlement will go into a fund for privacy education. BuzzClassAction.com explains:

    Under the Settlement, Google will establish an $8.5 million Common Fund to fund organizations focused on Internet privacy policy or privacy education, as well as to cover lawyers’ fees and costs and other expenses.


    Users have until Dec. 6 to exclude themselves from the settlement, with the option to bring another suit.

    ~ http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/community...thing/?cs=44091


    Email forwarded to my second inbox. V
     
  2. Sterling

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    Wait... What? Just checked my email, I received an identical document.

    What the hell is this about? As much as I can gather... something to do with poor privacy protection?
     
  3. tigris
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    Yup, Google basically inserted all of us into Buzz - a bit like your ISP behind-your-back signing you up to Facebook and releasing your personal details. So people got fed up and sued.
     
  4. Sterling

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    Okay, that pisses me off.
     
  5. KingVamp

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    I received one as well...
     
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  7. Urza

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    Incorrect.

    The suit was regarding the fact that Buzz had a huge security flaw where it would automatically display any of your frequent gmail contacts publically on your profile page. Buzz being opt-out only increased the number of plaintiffs.
     
  8. Ethevion

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    I got the e-mail too, but it only affects people in the US correct?
     
  9. Urza

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    It doesn't really affect anyone.

    The email was sent out merely to inform on the results of the suit, as ordered by the court.
     
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    I got the email too but I've never used Buzz. It just looked like a Twitter wannabe that never caught on.

    Wave seems to have come and gone as well.
     
  11. Sterling

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    I liked Wave though.
     
  12. craplame

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    Yeah, I was e-mailed about it earlier. I'm not too sure what Buzz was though.
     
  13. tigris
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    what i said
     
  14. Urza

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    Once again, the fact that it was opt-out is not the grounds for the lawsuit, which is what you seemed to state.