Class Action Lawsuit Goes After Google for User Data Leak

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Google Plus Class Action Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuit Goes After Google for User Data Leak

Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc., have been hit with a class action lawsuit after the company announced a “bug” had gotten into its social media platform Google Plus, exposing the information of up to 500,000 users.

The plaintiffs say that third parties that were permitted access to Google Plus user information were infected with a “bug” that exposed user information. The plaintiffs say that Google compounded the issue by failing to disclose the breach for at least seven months. Furthermore, the number of affected users is allegedly much bigger than 500,000.

Google said earlier this month that it would shut down Google Plus, the company’s long-struggling competitor to Facebook, after it discovered the security vulnerability that exposed the private data of its users.

Case Details

The Google Plus Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is Matic, et al. v. Google Inc. and Alphabet Inc., Case No. 5:18-cv-06164-EJD, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Conclusion

Google+ has been around for year but it never really caught on. If you were one of the few that still had an account, then keep an eye out for this class action.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. @john At this point I don’t see how it has a chance. Google’s position is that, yes, there was a bug, but the bug was never exploited. They (Google) fixed the bug before it was discovered, therefore there are no damages nor any obligation to report it.

    Of course, Google is famous for discovering OTHER PEOPLE’s bugs and disclosing them even before they are exploited so it is a weak position. I suppose much remains t be learned but I don’t see Google settling. (My opinion only. Not a lawyer. And sure I don’t know the entire story.)

  2. I was definitely affected. One day after Google announced the breach. Email accounts, including passwords were stolen and are for sale on the Dark Net.

    I received an email alert from a credit card company that my gmail account and password were stolen. They said that it was found on the Darknet.

    As soon as Google announced the breach I changed my password. However I now have an anonymous account ####anon@gmail.com. I cannot delete it despite choosing Forgot Password and creating a new password.

    I am doing to find the name of the law firm and be part of the lawsuit. Gooogle lied in claiming that the seven month old vulnerability was never exploited.

    To find the law firm and be part of the class action suit just search “Google + class action lawsuit law firm.”

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