Want to keep the TNW Conference vibe going?? Tickets for TNW2022 are available now >>

The heart of tech

This article was published on September 3, 2010

The Google Buzz lawsuits are finally settled. $8.5 million to be paid.

The Google Buzz lawsuits are finally settled. $8.5 million to be paid.
Brad McCarty
Story by

Brad McCarty

A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

In a strange bit of serendipity, we’re learning now that the lawsuits filed shortly after the launch of Google’s Buzz are being settled on the same day that Google announces its newly-revamped privacy options.

According to Reuters, Google will set back $8.5 million to cover attorney fees, with the remainder being donated to organizations that are focused on Internet privacy. While another portion of the settlement would require Google to “undertake wider public education about the privacy aspects of Buzz”, it is not clear if today’s announcement is a product of this settlement.

The question that remains, of course, is how much the attorneys will profit from this, and what balance will remain to go toward the privacy organizations. Regardless of the funds, as Buzz continues to grow (albeit slowly) in popularity and features, privacy will continue to come into question from its users.