Google Data Breach Settlement: Claim 12 Bucks
If you have a Google Account, then you may be owed money! Because, there were two data breaches and Google has settled out of court. In other words, they’ve agreed to pay members who had specific accounts during the breach periods.
What is a class action lawsuit settlement?
A class action lawsuit is one with multiple plaintiffs. In other words, there are more than one person being represented by the lawsuit. Oftentimes a plaintiff or plaintiffs file the case on behalf of many people who were affected by aren’t involved in the actual suit. For example, if you purchased an item that was later determined to be involved in a class action lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you’re included in the class or group of people affected, then you can file a claim to receive money, coupons or replacement products. Each case is different, and each will specify who is included.
In addition, class action lawsuits may require proof that you are part of the group of affected people. In this case, proof of purchase or other specified proof is needed. However, in some cases, no proof is required. In that case, you can file a claim without proving that you are part of the class of people affected. Of course, when you file a claim you are doing so under penalty of perjury. So, do not file if you do not qualify.
Perjury is the intentional act of swearing a false oath or falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding. – Wikipedia
What’s this settlement about?
The Google Plus Data Breach Multi-District Litigation is In re: Google Plus Profile Litigation, Case No. 5:18-cv-06164, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
According to Wired, immediately after this lawsuit was filed, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google+. It was not until two months later in December 2018, that Google informed the public about another data breach which had occurred between Nov. 6 and 13, 2018. The latter of which exposed more than 52 million people.
Who is eligible for a refund?
The settlement will benefit: “All persons residing in the United States who: (1) 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.”
Is a receipt required?
How much will I get back?
Class Members will receive between $5 and $12 from the Google data breach class action lawsuit if the Google Plus settlement receives final approval.
How do I file a claim?
The judge has preliminarily approved the $7.5 million claim; however, the final approval is still pending. So, once that happens you will be able to file your claim. We will keep you posted!
The Google+ Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is In re: Google Plus Profile Litigation, Case No. 5:18-cv-06164, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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