Important Information about Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an
exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit
regarding Google Buzz (, a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were
concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz
users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to
address users' concerns. In addition, 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. The more
people know about privacy online, the better their online experience
will be.

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. The Court will consider final approval of the
agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the
settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by
the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or
comment, are available at

This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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