Today’s class-action lawsuit, Matt Matic and Zak Harris v. Google, was filed in October 2018 and blames Google’s “lax approach to data security” for the bugs. The complaint added, “Worse, after discovery of this vulnerability in the Google+ platform, Defendants kept silent for at least seven months, making a calculated decision not to inform users that their Personal Information was compromised, further compromising the privacy of consumers’ information and exposing them to risk of identity theft or worse.” The case website with full details is at googleplusdatalitigation.com. The case was settled in June 2020, with Google agreeing to pay out $7.5 million. After losing about half of that money to legal and administrative fees, and with 1,720,029 people filling out the right forms by the October 2020 deadline, the payout for each person is a whopping $2.15.
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