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Google Settlement Goes Nowhere

Google, the company that respects privacy about as much as the Stasi, recently lost over $8 million (chump change for these chumps) in a class-action suit because its Buzz Gmail extension gave strangers access to user personal data.

Most class-action suits are a crock. The lawyers make the millions and the plaintiffs get pennies. In many cases, all you get is a coupon to save money the next time you buy something from the company that ripped you off in the first place.

The Buzz suit is particularly egregious since not a dime goes to those whose rights were trampled. Instead, Google is giving money to various and sundry privacy organizations. No wonder so few bother to get involved in class-action suits.

Have you ever gotten justice through class action? Please tell me there is some kind of light by writing to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/10/2010 at 1:18 PM


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