Users of the failed Google+ social network may be in for a payout as the tech giant is in the process of settling a class-action lawsuit in the US.
Earlier this year, Google agreed to a $7.5 million (£5.6 million) settlement that would be paid out to users after a bug was discovered in Google+ that could have led to user data being compromised.
It emerged that 500,000 Google+ profiles were affected by the bug. Although Google maintains that no evidence has emerged to suggest developers used it to steal personal data.
While £5.6 million seems like a lot of money, it only works out to just over a tenner each if everyone who was affected decides to make a claim. Crucially, if anyone does make a claim and receives a payout, they forfeit their right to sue Google independently at a later date.
The payout also only applies to affected users within the United States who had a Google+ account between January 1 2015 and April 2 2019.
If you’re reading this in the US and think that you may be eligible to claim then you can access the official settlement website here to find further details. Payments will be made via PayPal or through a digital check.
What was Google+?
Google+ was launched in 2011 to compete with Facebook, but it failed to take off, despite all new Google users automatically gaining a profile when they signed up.
Usage was low and many users are confused as to whether or not they even have an account.
Why did Google+ shut down?
Quite simply, it failed to take off. Google’s explanation for their decision was down to ‘low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.’
It was announced in 2018 the platform was set to close in August 2019 after the aforementioned bug exposed the personal information of those 500,000 people.
What was deleted?
Any Google+ pages users created, as well as photos and videos from Google+ album archives.
All other Google services were unaffected such as Google Drive, Google Photos and emails.
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