Google Sued for Personal Information Exposure After Software Bug; Settlement Finally Available
Google is reported to have settled its Google+ class action lawsuit after its, now-shut-down, social media service had allegedly exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of users, including names, email addresses, occupations, and ages, after experiencing software bugs in 2018.
In 2018, a Wall Street Journal investigation found Google to have knowledge of the issue in March of that year, but has chosen to not disclose it to the public over concerns of “reputational damage” and “immediate regulatory interest.”
Google+ was shut down permanently in April 2019.
Google reached a settlement but has denied the allegations and any wrongdoing, asserting that no users “sustained any damages or injuries due to the software bugs.”
Consumers with a Google+ account for any period of time between January 1, 2015, and April 2, 2019, and who believes that their non-public profile information was exposed as a result of the software bugs Google announced on October 8, 2018, and December 10, 2018, are entitled to file a claim.
Claimants will receive a maximum of $12, distributed via digital check or PayPal, with the initial maximum award at $5. Claim forms must be submitted before October 8, 2020, with a final fairness hearing is tentatively scheduled for November 19.
If you’re affected by the Google+ Settlement, we’d love to hear from you.
Editor’s note on the Google+ Class Action Settlement:
This piece is written about the recent Google+ Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit settlement, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
If you believe that what is alleged in the Google+ class action settlement has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join in on any potential consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter or Facebook, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from you all.
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