Buzz Settlement Approved; EPIC Gets Portion of Funds
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 1, 2011
A U.S. District Court judge has approved a settlement reached in a class-action suit over Google's Buzz social networking feature, Reuters reports. The settlement will see more than $6 million in funds distributed to privacy advocacy groups and mandates that the company undergo independent privacy audits for the next two decades. In approving the settlement yesterday, Judge James Ware also awarded the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) $500,000 in settlement funds, saying that "EPIC has demonstrated that it is a well-established and respected organization within the field of Internet privacy."