Google foe won’t take” no “on buzz Cash

Google foe won’t take” no “on buzz Cash


An internet privacy group has pushed the U.S regulators to scrutinize the Google Inc that it miffed about getting cut out of a class action settlement over the search of Buzz social network of behemoth. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has objected the settlement which is filled in the court to claim. Google and others decided to fund the groups which are benefiting already from the largesse of the company. Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a compliant with the federal trade commission last year and it was led by prominent privacy advocate Marc Rotenberg. It said that the privacy of the Gmail users is under threat by Buzz. Google agreed to independent privacy audits and settled with FTC on Wednesday. Google also agreed to resolve a spate class action lawsuit which was bought by the Gmail user last year. Part of the deal was provided for more than 6 dollars and distributed to the groups who are advocating for the issues on the internet privacy. Google and plaintiff lawyer doled out money to groups like the Electronic Frontier foundation, American Civil Liberties Union and the Brooking institution, Electronic Privacy Information Center did not get a cent and it requested 1.75 million dollars. A federal judge needs to sign off on the disbursement plan.

Electronic Privacy Information Center and other groups objected on a court filling on Wednesday. They said that the maximum amount of funds have been allocated to the groups which receive the support from Google for consulting, lobbying or similar services already  but Electronic Privacy Information Center did not mention the groups which has provided the lobbying  services. Rotenberg and a representative of Google declined to comment and the Plaintiff lawyers could not be reached. Electronic Privacy Information Center in its filling said that the court should reject the deal which encourages the organizations to stand by quietly while others are doing the same work for the safeguard of the internet privacy. This case is in the U.S district Court, Northern district of California. The Federal Trade Commission said that Google Inc the search giant has settled with the regulators of U.S who are investigating privacy problems that cropped up in its botched roll out of social network Buzz. According to the deal the Google has agreed to have independent privacy audits for the next 20 year once in every 2 years. Buzz was launched in February 2010 to compete with Twitter and Buzz uses the Gmail customers email contact lists.

By: Teni Sow | Senior Editor at and Regular Contributor to

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