Google has just stumped up $8.5 million for online privacy charities to clean its slate with privacy campaigners, after the introduction of social network Buzz landed Google with a host of privacy complaints earlier this year.
Buzz was launched in February of this year and was built to run from the Gmail interface, so far, so fine – but a teething issue with privacy cropped up as it automatically set users to follow their most emailled contacts in their gmail.
People were surprised to see they were suddenly publicly following ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends, contacts from rival businesses and other people that they shouldn’t be.
It was the equivalent of publishing a list of the people’s most emailled, and in a few cases that was something people wanted to keep to themselves.
At the time Google quickly made the privacy controls more obvious. But now, 8 months on following a class action on behalf of all American Gmail users by a group of people in the states, Google has dedicated $8.5-million US fund
more about the Buzz Class Action