[Air-L] Fwd: Important Information about Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

Jeremy hunsinger jeremy at tmttlt.com
Tue Nov 2 16:43:52 PDT 2010

Thoughts?  note that my account was insulated from Buzz, so really the
email below was sort of moot for me.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Google Buzz <noreply-buzz-classaction at google.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM
Subject: Important Information about Google Buzz Class Action Settlement
To: jeremy at tmttlt.com

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an
exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit
regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched
within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were
concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz
users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

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. We
will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to
Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their
online experience will be.

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. This email is a summary
of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions
approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out,
object, or comment, are available at http://www.BuzzClassAction.com.

This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United
States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Google Inc. | 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway | Mountain View, CA 94043

jeremy hunsinger
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech

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