Google to pay $500,000 to privacy group over Buzz

Google will have to pay $500,000 to an internet privacy group as part of a massive settlement in a class-action dispute over its Buzz social network.

The search giant must pay the money to the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC), after the group filed a complaint with the FTC accusing Buzz of being a privacy risk to users.

Google previously agreed to pay $6 million as part of a settlement with a number of privacy advocacy groups, but since EPIC was left off the list it made a formal objection. Google tried to fight against the inclusion of EPIC, but a judge ruled that there was no good reason to exclude the organisation.

Originally EPIC wanted $1.75 million, which seems a little on the steep side compared to the overall sum Google was offering, but it accepted the half a million buckaroos that the courts approved.

The other privacy groups who are set to get a slice of Google's pie include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, in addition to several others, reports Reuters.

Google's former CEO, Eric Schmidt conveniently forgot to mention all of this when he waxed flanneled on about Google's dedication to privacy earlier.