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Apple iCloud users in the US are starting to receive notifications that they are getting paid from Apple’s $14.8 million class-action lawsuit settlement, but that payment will be less than $1 for most users.
In March 2022, Apple agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over storing iCloud user data on non-Apple servers. Payments for this settlement have just begun to be processed, with users receiving notifications of the amount they will receive.
However, while the settlement paid Apple $14.8 million, given the number of iCloud users the settlement applies to, it should come as no surprise that the amount each will receive will be very low.
The payout applies to anyone who purchased an iCloud subscription between September 16, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Users also did not need to do anything to join the class represented in the settlement.
Editorial team members Camel who have paid their iCloud subscriptions for the entire period to which the settlement applies and have been notified that their payout will be only $0.49.
For reference, the $0.49 equates to less than two weeks of iCloud+’s low of $0.99, five days less than the $2.99 per month 200GB tier, or less than two days of service for the $9.99 2TB version.
There can be differences in how much users will be paid, with subscription duration, capacity options, number of paid accounts, and other factors that determine each payment.
A 2019 complaint alleged that Apple violated the terms and conditions of its iCloud server by storing user data on servers operated by Amazon, Google and Microsoft, rather than its own servers. Apple denied it had broken its promise that iCloud data was “stored by Apple,” but nonetheless agreed to pay the settlement amount.
The pathetically low amounts being paid can be compared to Tim Hortons’s July compensation offer to end lawsuits related to the collection of geolocation data. Under this offer, customers will get free coffee and cake.