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Google Settles FTC Privacy Charges on ‘Buzz’ Social Network

Google Inc. agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission claims that it used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies when it introduced the Buzz social-networking service last year.

The proposed settlement bars Google from misrepresenting how it handles information, obliges the company to follow policies that protect consumer data in new products and requires periodic reviews to ensure the policies are followed, the FTC said in a statement today.