Paul Bond and Frederick Lah write:
After nearly seven years of litigation, two class actions, and millions of dollars in legal and settlement fees, AOL hopes that it can finally put its infamous anonymization failure incident behind it. On May 24, 2013, a Virginia federal judge gave final approval to a class action settlement between AOL and a class of more than 650,000 AOL members whose search queries were disclosed to the public. The settlement agreement involves $5 million in cash payments to class members and nearly $1 million in attorneys’ fees.
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