What you need to know
- Google was sued over a Google Plus security flaw that exposed user data between 2015 and 2018.
- The company has now settled the suit to the tune of $7.5 million.
- Affected Google Plus users may file a claim for up to $12 before October 8.
Google has settled a Google Plus class-action lawsuit over a 2015 security vulnerability for $7.5 million. This vulnerability was the proximate cause for Google Plus's ultimate demise, and it still haunts Google years later. As a result, the company will now offer ex-Google Plus users in the U.S. a payout from that sum as part of the settlement terms.
The company alerted eligible Google Plus users with an email this week, saying:
Even with Google denying any harm being done, the company is offering a cash payment of up to $12 per affected member, depending on how many people successfully claim. Users have up to October 8 to make a claim, though Google says affected customers have the option to opt-out of the settlement or file an objection with the court before that date.
As with any settlement of this nature, accepting the claim means surrendering any rights to sue Google for this breach going forward. You can make a claim or dispute the settlement from this page.
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