If you remember, Google’s social networking effort, Google Buzz, got off to quite a rocky start, offending many privacy advocates along the way. While the storm has since settled down Google will be doing its bit to put an end to the controversy by agreeing to put in place an $8.5 million fund dedicated to promoting privacy education on the web and has been sending out emails notifying users of this move. For folks who were looking forward to a payout from a class action lawsuit, this isn’t a settlement in which folks will be able to file to receive compensation and anybody in the US who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out of the deal before December 6. Do you think this effort by Google is enough to put the whole matter behind us?
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