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Google – A Bunch of Jokers

November 3rd, 2010 2:14pm Leave a comment

Got an email from Google yesterday saying that they reached a settlement for being an asshole about privacy with the Google Buzz launch in February. So a bunch of people sued them and now the case has been settled. According to the email:

Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010.

So what’s the point of this? Bunch of legal mumbo jumbo. Seriously, if there’s nothing in it for me, I don’t give a shit – give money to whoever you want. Then there’s the option to opt out. Opt out of what? It’s not like I could have gotten anything anyway. “Excuse me Google, I opt out of you being forced to pay $8.5 million to a bunch of privacy organizations” How does that make any sense at all? Fuckin joke.

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