Google settles FTC case involving Google Buzz

Published On March 30, 2011 | By Marc Zwillinger | FTC & State AG, Litigation, Privacy
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Today, Google Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy promises to consumers when it launched its social network, Google Buzz, in 2010. A copy of the FTC press release can be found here.    According to the FTC, this settlement is unique in two respects, it marks the first time an FTC settlement order has required a company to implement a comprehensive privacy program to protect the privacy of consumers’ information and it also involves the first allegations that a company has violated the substantive privacy requirements of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework.  This likely indicates that the FTC will be seeking the implementation of comprehensive privacy programs in future settlements.

About The Author

Marc is the founder and managing member of ZwillGen PLLC and has been regularly providing advice and counsel on issues related to the increasingly complex laws governing Internet practices, including issues related to Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Wiretap and Communication Acts, privacy, CAN-SPAM, FISA, spyware, adware, Internet gambling and adult-oriented content. He also helps Internet Service Providers and other clients comply with their compliance obligations pertaining to the discovery and disclosure of customer and subscriber information.

One Response to Google settles FTC case involving Google Buzz

  1. Good news for the future of privacy on social networks

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