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US Federal Judge Gives Approval For Lawsuit Accusing Google Of Exposing Users’ Sensitive Data

In a surprising turn of events and much to Google’s disliking, a federal judge has reportedly given the green signal for the settlement of a case that accuses Google of exposing users’ sensitive data.

This information was stated to belong to Android users who became vulnerable targets after they downloaded a tracing app related to COVID-19.

Therefore, the deal now needs Google to retain a plethora of changes that it reportedly made in the contact tracing application during the month of May in 2021. This was just a short while after the security firm named AppCensus went public regarding reports of a potential data invasion.

The security firm blatantly accused Google of conducting a combined Google-Apple systematic approach for notifications. And it was through this means that information was put inside system logs that were read by apps being installed earlier by Android.

The deal was recently granted by the American District Court Magistrate in California, whose preliminary approval came this Thursday. During the session, the judge ruled how all of the terms mentioned were fair, adequate, and super reasonable.

When finalized, this deal is said to resolve the lawsuit that was initially launched in April of 2021. This was filed by two residents hailing from the state of California named Jonathan and Lewis. They continued to speak in detail regarding the class-action complaint. According to them, Google is guilty of violating all of its rights to privacy.

This is in regard to the law of California, including the state law entailing medical information too.

Other than retaining changes related to the app, this deal also needed Google to make a series of confirmations related to the fact that the company is not leaving sensitive user details like health information exposed, after being detected by the company’s tracing system.

Thankfully, this particular settlement does not need Google to pay out any financial damages for users of the app, other than Diaz and Bornmann. They will each be getting $2500 per person.

Right before the company was urged to handle the case, Google did request the judge to dismiss this particular lawsuit at an earlier date.

The company mentioned how this case was more textbook-like and featured a hypothetical risk relating to harm. It continued to add how the accusations if proven to be true, would fail to show how third parties gained access to private details belonging to the two citizens.

A final hearing will now be held in October of this year, where it will be decided if the case will receive a final nod of approval.


H/T: MP

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