June 23, 2022
Google Plus $7.5 Million Data Leak Settlement Claims Now Available to Former Users

Google Apparently Owes $12 to Hundreds of Thousands of Former Google+ Users (Maybe)

The Google Plus bust drama isn’t entirely over, as there’s now an opportunity for former users to get their part of a $7.5 million class-action lawsuit…

It might have taken nearly a decade, but Google+ is finally worth something to its users. And, that amount comes out to precisely $12. Well, maybe. This, due to two data leaks that exposed users’ personal information to third-parties in October of 2018.

Google Plus $7.5 Million Data Leak Settlement Claims Now Available to Former Users

The news came earlier this week when past Google+ members started receiving an ominous legal email. It assured them they were not being sued. But rather, they might be entitled to compensation due to said data leaks. Of course, there are very specific qualifiers.

First and foremost, in order to be eligible to receive anything from the $7.5 million settlement, participants had to be in the US. And, be a Google+ consumer between January 1st, 2015 and April 2nd, 2019. Additionally, eligible persons had to experience “non-public Profile Information exposed as a result of the software bugs Google announced on October 8, 2018 and December 10, 2018.”

Anyone one fitting those requirements has until October 2nd, 2020, to file a claim. Of course, the compensation amount will depend on the number of qualified claimants. A quick calculation reveals that if everyone in the lawsuit was awarded the full $12, there would be $625,000 payouts. Since that’s unlikely to happen, most people will receive just a few cents, if anything.

Owen E. Richason IV

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