Google Settles Buzz Privacy Lawsuit for $8.5 Million: Google settled a class action lawsuit filed last April over alleged privacy violations stemming from their Buzz program. Google launched Buzz in February of last year. The program utilized the contacts of subscribers to Google’s free email service to create a public social networking tool. The lawsuit alleged that Google Buzz violated privacy protections by sharing users’ private information, including lists of users with whom they interacted, without their consent. After filing the settlement paperwork with the court, Google posted a notice on its website indicating that they were changing their privacy policy. According to Google’s Associate General Counsel, the changes wouldn’t affect any of Google’s privacy practices, rather the new policy would streamline and update the company’s privacy policies.