Google plus users can claim settlement amount for a old data breach

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Google plus users can claim settlement amount from a filed lawsuit for an old data breach

Google Plus was a social network owned and operated by Google. The network was launched on June 28, 2011, in an attempt to challenge other social networks, linking other Google products like Google Drive, Blogger, and YouTube. Due to low user engagement and disclosed software design flaws that potentially allowed outside developers access to personal information of its users, the Google+ developer API was discontinued on March 7, 2019, and Google+ was shut down for business and personal use on April 2, 2019.

According to the reports, Android Rookies learned that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Google for their alleged “law approach” to the security of Google+ data. Plaintiffs Matthew Matic, Zak Harris, Charles Olson, and Eileen M. Pinkowski thereafter filed this lawsuit asserting various legal claims on behalf of a putative class of Google+ users who were allegedly harmed by the software bugs (“Class”).

Google has now started sending US users an email informing them of a financial settlement in a class-action lawsuit against it. “You have received this notice because Google’s records indicate that you may be a Settlement Class Member, and you may be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement.” Google

“The Final Approval Hearing on the adequacy, reasonableness, and fairness of the Settlement will be held at 9:00 am on November 19, 2020, in San Jose Courthouse, Courtroom 4, 5th Floor located at 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113”, said the email. The email goes on to explain who is involved in the lawsuit, who qualifies to make a claim, and how much you can get if you do claim.

The email says that if the user was a US resident who had a personal Google Plus account at any point between 1 January 2015 and 2 April 2019 (when the app was shut down), they can claim up to $12.

According to 9to5Google, the links to the official settlement website mentioned multiple times in the body of the email are all broken. But navigating to the website manually seems to work fine. This, along with the strongly worded subject line, led many online to believe that the email was potentially a fake. The further update said Google was able to confirm to us that the Google Plus Class Action Settlement email is indeed legitimate. Last night, the settlement website experienced a brief outage that prevented the email’s links from working as they should.

Many users have received an email stating that the Google Plus class-action lawsuit has been settled for a total of $7.5m, an agreement which was originally reached in January of this year. Users can file their claim here (until 8 October), and it comes after Google was sued for privacy flaws that hastened the demise of the failed social network.

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