Google has proposed payments totalling $8.5m (£5.5) to settle a lawsuit brought over the Buzz social network. Back in February the new social networking beta from the company caused controversy when users could see the contacts information for everyone they were already connected to.
Several GMail users who were affected by the glitch sued Google over privacy issues, saying that their personal privacy had been violated by Google becausr they were not offered an option to prevent others from seeing their personal contact details.
The payout will go to seven GMail users, each of who will received $2,500. 30% of the payout will be paid for legal fees. The remainder will be split between several organisations that promote and campaign for better online privacy.
A condition of the settlement requires Google to better educate its users about online privacy. The full settlement is awaiting approval from the federal court.
The Buzz service was changed following a rash of privacy complaints to prevent users from automatically being able to see the contact details of everyone they were connected to. The entire service no longer exists online as the beta was dropped last month.
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