Google Announces Buzz Privacy Lawsuit Settlement via E-mail
"Google rarely contacts Gmail users via e-mail, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz," reads Google's e-mail, which was sent to all U.S.-based Gmail users. The lawsuit originally arose because of privacy breaches related to Google Buzz. The settlement requires Google to contribute $8.5 million to a privacy education fund -- but, as Google points out in its email, the company will not compensate individual users. According to Google, the settlement includes all Gmail users in the U.S., save for those who opt out of the class-action before December 6th. A U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose will hold a hearing on January 30th, 2011 to rule on the fairness of the settlement.