Anyone who clicked on a Google search result link from October 2006 to September 2013 is entitled to a piece of the $23 million settlement — however small — the tech giant had to pay to resolve a class-action lawsuit. agreed upon.
township administrator set up a website To submit the claims of the people. According to the site, the estimated individual payout is $7.70. But this figure may fluctuate depending on the number of people making valid claims.
Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc. Has agreed to the agreement in August. Consolidated class-action lawsuit filed in 2013 accused the company of “collecting and knowingly, systematically and repeatedly disclosing” users’ search queries and history to third-party websites and companies.
This, according to the lawsuit, is a violation of privacy-law and Google’s own privacy pledge to its users.
The lawsuit argued that Google search queries often contained sensitive and “personally identifiable” information, including “users’ real names, street addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, financial account numbers And many more are involved, all of which increase the risk.” Identity Theft.
Google, which has admitted no wrongdoing, is required as part of the agreement to update its FAQ page and its “key words” page to disclose that it has worked with third parties. How search queries can be shared.
During a hearing on October 12, a court will decide whether to approve the settlement, according to the Claims Administrator website. It is not clear when the payment will be disbursed. Even if the court gives final approval of the settlement in October, the appeal could slow down the process. As per claim notice from admin,
Users who want to file a claim have until July 31 to submit their full name, street address and an email address. Anyone who wants to object or opt-out of the settlement has to submit a form by mail by the same deadline.
Last year, Facebook’s parent company Meta agreed to pay $725 million to settle a similar class-action lawsuit over its handling of user data.