Google+ users stand to get up to $12 each in $7.5 million data breach settlement

Cal Jeffrey

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In brief: Google has settled a class-action lawsuit over the leaking of Google+ user data. The search giant has agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve the dispute. Claimants are entitled to $12 from the settlement pool, although it could be less depending on the number of claims made.

The leak was caused by what Google called a "flaw" in its "People APIs." The company found and fixed the bug in October 2018, but it had potentially been leaking data since 2015. Google claimed at the time that it did not believe that any developers were aware of the flaw and doubted that any data had been compromised. The incident prompted the company to initiate plans to shut down the service. It stated that its user base was dwindling, and it was time to wind it down.

Two months later, another leak was discovered that had exposed user names, email addresses, occupations, and ages, regardless of the users' privacy settings. This time it was estimated that a total of 52.5 million users were potentially affected. Although the exposed information was not vitally damaging, Google decided to step up its shutdown schedule by four months. The search titan finally shuttered Google+ on April 2, 2019.

Despite having settled, Google denies any wrongdoing and does not believe any members of the class nor the named plaintiffs suffered any harm or damages from the security lapse.

Those who held a Google+ profile between January 1, 2015, and April 2, 2019, and had their data exposed are eligible to file a compensation claim. Requests must be submitted by October 8, 2020. After a November 19 fairness hearing, the settlement will be distributed through PayPal or Digital Check. Other claimant options are listed on the settlement website.

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mailpup

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Is it for the US citizens only?
Since the U.S. District Court does not have jurisdiction outside of the U.S. you have to be in the USA for the purposes of this settlement. Other countries are not affected. The settlement class is defined in part as, "all persons within the United States who (a) had a consumer Google+ account for any period of time between January 1, 2015 and April 2, 2019, and (2) had their non-public Profile Information exposed as a result of the software bugs Google announced on October 8, 2018 and December 10, 2018."

So since it does not mention U.S. citizenship as a requirement I believe the answer to your question is no but with the qualifier that you have to be "...within the United States..."
 

hk2000

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Settlements are made to enrich lawyers, who don't really give a sh!t about the consumer regardless what their marketing says! I'd rather forgive the company that supposedly "wronged" me than collaborate with law firms who are in it for their own gain.
 
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Evernessince

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Wait, there were people who used this? :D
I was actually one of the Beta Testers for it before it came out. You can give google your feedback but I don't think they actually care. Me and many of the other Beta testers had many of the same pain points but google never did anything to address them.
 
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Morphine Child

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I was actually one of the Beta Testers for it before it came out. You can give google your feedback but I don't think they actually care. Me and many of the other Beta testers had many of the same pain points but google never did anything to address them.
Explains a lot.
 

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I was actually one of the Beta Testers for it before it came out. You can give google your feedback but I don't think they actually care. Me and many of the other Beta testers had many of the same pain points but google never did anything to address them.
I wasn't a tester, but in my short time using G+ it got the impression that they just gave up on it. It seemed decent at first, but after a while, it was evident that no effort was going into it, so I stopped using it.
 
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