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Google LLC agreed in early January to pay $7.5 million to settle putative class-action litigation filed in connection with its discontinued Google+ media platform.
The story about the settlement was the fourth most read risk management-related article on Business Insurance’s website in 2020.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., acknowledged that software bugs in its Google+ social media platform potentially exposed users’ profile information, including their personal information, to unauthorized third parties. There was no evidence the data was accessed, according to the plaintiffs’ settlement motion.
In July, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, charged that Google recorded what people were doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even if they followed the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring.
In September, Alphabet reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit that accused the company of paying lavish exit packages to executives found responsible for sexual misconduct, saying it would increase oversight of its diversity and equity efforts.
Alphabet said the settlement would fund diversity initiatives and prohibit severance packages for employees subject to pending investigations for sexual misconduct or retaliation.