Google’s $7.5 Million Data Breach Settlement Gets Early Approval

June 11, 2020, 6:29 PM

The Northern District of California granted preliminary approval of a $7.5 million settlement of a consumer class action against Google LLC over data leaks caused by software bugs in its now-defunct Google+ social network platform.

The suit alleges that two 2018 data leaks caused the personal information of up to 500,000 users to be exposed because of software glitches that gave third-party application developers access to private Google+ profile data.

The court provisionally certified a settlement class of all U.S. residents who had consumer Google+ accounts for any period of time between Jan. 1, 2015, and April 2, 2019, and who had nonpublic Google+ profile information exposed as a result of the software bugs announced on Oct. 8, 2018, and Dec. 10, 2018.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California also ordered Google to make an initial $750,000 payment toward the settlement within 30 days.

The parties agreed on the terms of the agreement in January.

Judge Edward J. Davila issued the ruling.

Morgan and Morgan PA and Franklin D. Azar and Associates PC represent the proposed class.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represents Google LLC.

The case is In re Google Plus Profile Litigation, N.D. Cal., No. 18-cv-06164, 6/10/20.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Hayes in Washington at PHayes@bloomberglaw.com

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