Google has settled a class action lawsuit filed by US residents in 2010 alleging that the company violated privacy by sharing search queries with third parties. The IT giant is paying $23 million to settle this case.
Despite the impressive amount of compensation, each of the participants in the class action will only be able to receive a small amount. The fact is that virtually any user of the Google search engine who interacted with it between October 25, 2006 and September 30, 2013 can join the lawsuit. You have until July 31 to join the lawsuit. According to the source, the amount of compensation for each plaintiff is currently approximately $7.70, as the amount after deducting attorneys’ fees is divided equally among all plaintiffs.
The trial in this case began back in 2010, when a group of Americans filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the IT giant violated the privacy of users of the world’s most popular search engine by sharing query data with third parties. In 2015, Google settled a lawsuit in the Northern County of California and paid $8.5 million in damages. However, the case was ultimately brought to the Supreme Court after the settlement was challenged by the plaintiffs. The preliminary settlement agreement was registered in 2022. A settlement hearing is scheduled for October 12.