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Buzz Settlement Finalized

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 25, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized a settlement with Google over the launch of its Buzz social network, MediaPost News reports. The move solidifies the tentative settlement reached in March, which requires the company to implement a comprehensive privacy program and undergo mandatory privacy audits for the next two decades. The FTC did not modify the tentative agreement despite the Electronic Privacy Information Center's request for stricter conditions. "While the proposed order sets forth several elements that the privacy program must include, some flexibility is afforded with regard to its implementation," the FTC said in a letter to EPIC this month.    
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