Google Buzz settlement gets preliminary approval

In deal reached in class action suit, company will pay $8.5 million toward a fund for organizations focusing on Internet privacy policy or education.

Google today said that a settlement for a class action suit by Gmail users over privacy violations related to Google Buzz has been granted preliminary approval by a federal district court judge. The approval was reached on October 7 but the company released the news today as it is preparing to notify Gmail users about it.

The settlement, proposed in September, calls for Google to pay $8.5 million toward a fund for organizations focusing on Internet privacy policy or education. In a statement today, Google said:

We are satisfied with the agreement and are glad to move forward, We have always been committed to offering users transparency and choice in Buzz and all our products, and will continue to work together with users to provide the best experience possible.

Read more of "Google Buzz settlement gets preliminary approval" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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