If you had a Google+ account between January 1, 2015, and April 2, 2019, and had your non-public profile information exposed as a result of software bugs on the Google+ platform, you may be eligible to get up to $12. You have until Oct. 8, 2020, to file a claim.
The software bug exposed non-public user information to third-party developers and resulted in a class-action lawsuit. Google sent an email to Google+ users yesterday informing them of the settlement and their rights.
The settlement amount of $ 7.5 million has been set aside for claims, attorney fees, and expenses. You are eligible to get “up to” $12. What you actually get depends on how many people actually file for a claim. If too many people file for claims, you may only get pennies. By filing for a claim, you give up your right to sue Google.
The settlement still needs to get final approval by the courts (expected Nov. 19, 2020). It has already been granted preliminary approval, so it should be approved quickly without too many issues.
When filing for a claim, you will need to provide your name, address, and email address. You can get your payment via PayPal or ACH transfer (if you provide your bank account number and routing information).