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Google begins to pay $ for Privacy Violations

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Finally Google settled the class action lawsuit after it was found to have exposed the private data of more than 50 million users. Privacy violations affected users Google+ social network. The class action lawsuit was filed in 2018, Google finally settled last year.

This week Google agreed to pay $7.5 million to those who signed up for the lawsuit.

Approximately 1.72 million people who filled out the form to participate in the class action received only $2.15 in payment. Well payout depends case to case and it varies from $12 to as low as $2.

This figure is based on 450,000 people participated in the class action. People eligible for payment will receive the payment via PayPal or digital check.

After reports of user data breaches first surfaced, Google shut down its Google+ social network. In 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google+ had exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users over the years. Google allegedly knew this, but due to possible regulatory review, it decided not to disclose the leak.

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Soon after the report came out, Google said it would shut down the Google+ service. It was later revealed that a few months later, a second privacy breach caused the non-public personal data of 52 million Google+ users to be exposed. Google+ finally closed in April 2019.

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