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Which privacy groups stand to get money from the $9.5 million Google Buzz settlement?

Google rolled out its Buzz feature in February 2010, but the feature was widely criticized by privacy advocates because it revealed the frequent contacts of Gmail users. The company was hit with a class-action lawsuit, which it settled in November. Part of the settlement involves paying a $9.5 million award to non-profits that do work to improve online privacy.

This chart shows the proposed division of the money, which has been agreed to by Google and the plaintiffs’ lawyers. This is not final and some parties have objected to it. A judge will have to sign off on the final division of this money.

Note that this is the settlement of a private lawsuit; it’s entirely separate from Google’s recently announced settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which will require Google to offer new privacy options to users.

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (UC Berkeley)





Berkeley Law School, Samuelson Law & Technology Clinic (UC Berkeley)





Berkman Center for Internet & Society (Harvard University)





Brookings Institution

$91.2 million

$1.4 million



CyLab on Usability, Privacy & Security (Carnegie Mellon University)





Center for Democracy & Technology





Electronic Frontier Foundation (1)





Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (Indiana University)





Center for Internet & Society (Stanford University)





YMCA of Greater Long Beach





Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)





(1) The $1,000,000 proposed award to the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be spent over two years.

Compiled by: Joe Mullin
Additional producing by: Amanda Natividad
Published: April 1, 2011
Source: Exhibit From Proposed Google Buzz Settlement