“Anyone in the United States who held a Google Plus account between January 1, 2015 and April 2, 2019, and believes they were impacted by a security flaw that Google disclosed in 2018 can now register for a payout from a class action settlement…” reports the Verge.
“Each class action member is eligible for a payout of up to $12 after attorney fees and other costs are accounted for, although this could vary depending on the number of people who submit a claim.”
Although it’s reached a settlement, Google denies the allegations made in the lawsuit. It denies any wrongdoing, and believes that no users “sustained any damages or injuries due to the software bugs.”
If you’re interested in making a claim, then you can do so over on the settlement’s website, where you’ll need to provide the email address associated with your Google Plus account. As well as holding an account between the dates listed, your data must have been exposed as part of the security lapse (Google has previously said that as many as 500,000 users were affected). A final fairness hearing is scheduled for November 19.
Google has set aside $7.5 million to handle all costs associated with the settlement, according to the claims page at GooglePlusDataLitigation.com.
“If you submit a Valid Claim by October 8, 2020, you may receive a payment. You will also give up your rights to sue Google and/or any other released entities regarding the legal claims in this case.”