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Google Pays $8.5 Million to Settle Privacy Suit

It seems like Google is getting (more) serious about perceived privacy problems with its service; after announcing last week it planned to simplify privacy policies, Google has reportedly paid $8.5 million in a class-action lawsuit. The suit alleged that the initial configuration of Google Buzz violated user privacy.

For more details on the suit and Google's rocky history with Buzz, keep reading.

After its launch in February, the service came under fire almost immediately, prompting Google to make fast changes to the service, and even spurring rumors that Buzz would be removed from Gmail entirely. While the change wasn't as severe as removing the service completely, Google did reconfirm all users' privacy settings and even went so far as to release a video promoting the safe use of Buzz.

While Google maintains that it did not violate any privacy policies or put users in danger, it has agreed to pay the sum to a fund that is dispersed to organizations that focus on Internet privacy education.

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