Back in September we told you that Google had agreed to settle the privacy lawsuit filed against them for Google Buzz for a total of $8.5 million. Google has now settled the lawsuit.
The Lawsuit was filed against Google after Buzz automatically signed everyone up to the service without their permission, Google has since change the privacy settings.
“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.”
It looks like none of the Gmail users who were affected by the privacy issue will see any of the $8.5 million in cash, as the following statement was also released.
“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.”
via Read Write Web