Google Users Have Just Days Left to Claim $23M Settlement

Anyone who clicked on a Google search link between 2006 and 2013 can apply, but the deadline is looming.

Google users may well be entitled to part of a $23 million settlement, but only have days left to claim it.

Anyone who clicked on a Google link between 2006 and 2013 between certain dates is eligible to put in a claim.

The settlement is the result of a class action lawsuit that alleges Google improperly shared search data with third parties, though Google denies that this is the case.

What are the Details of the Google Settlement?

The $23 million settlement is the result of a class action lawsuit brought about by a plaintiff, who has alleged that during 2006 and 2013, Google shared user's search data with third parties. The case in question is Google Referrer Privacy Litigation, Case No. 5:10-cv-4809-EJD.

Google has denied any wrongdoing in the case, and claimed in court that the allegations were unfounded. However, it has agreed to a payout for affected parties, while not admitting liability.

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The case is similar to a string of other recent settlements against bit tech companies, such as InstagramZoom and Facebook

How to Claim Part of Google $23 Million Settlement

In order to claim your entitlement of the Google settlement, you need to ensure that you fit the criteria:

  • Clicked on an Google search link between October 25, 2006 and September 30, 2013
  • Have a Class Member ID
  • Have submitted a claim by July 31 2023

Google users entitled to make a claim only have a few days left to submit the form, after which they will no longer be able to pursue the case or receive payment.

Some Google users may have already been contacted by email with details about how to make a claim. However, those who haven't are still entitled to make a claim should they fit the criteria above.

In order to make a claim, you'll need a Class Member ID. If you don't have one, be sure to register using the form so you can be sent this information.

Registering for this ID is not the same as submitting a claim. Once you've got your Class Member ID, you'll need to complete this claim form.

The settlement in total is for $23 million, though the actual amount individuals will receive is dependent on how many people apply for the settlement, as well as funds left over after other expenses, such as administration costs and taxes. It is expected that successful claimants will receive $7 – $8.

The final hearing in this case is set for October 12, with payments not being made until after this date.

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Jack is the Deputy Editor for Tech.co. He has over 15 years experience in publishing, having covered both consumer and business technology extensively, including both in print and online. Jack has also led on investigations on topical tech issues, from privacy to price gouging. He has a strong background in research-based content, working with organisations globally, and has also been a member of government advisory committees on tech matters.

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