Sued for the privacy grab, the US Courts found Google guilty, and slapped a fine of $8.5 million, (probably one-day's ad revenue!). Yet google users don't get a penny. The courts found:
There are too many people in this settlement and too few actually suffered any damages for Google to bother paying them directly. Instead the company will give the funds to nice Internet privacy organizations.Thanks to Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo for digesting the court case down to this concise summary.
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