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Yahoo Data Breach Settlement: How to File Your Claim

Yahoo Data Breach Settlement: How to File Your Claim

Did you have a Yahoo account between the years 2012 and 2016? Well, you may be entitled to some money!

For many years now, the people who had their personal information leaked in the massive Yahoo data breach that took place over the course of several years have been fighting to be made whole again. The lawyers who have been fighting against Yahoo have finally come to an agreement with the company.

A $117 million settlement will resolve the Yahoo class-action lawsuit over multiple data breaches that affected billions of users. Those in the United States and Israel who had an email account through Yahoo or had subscribed to Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Tumblr, and Flickr between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2016 may be Class Members in this settlement.

According to the Yahoo data breach class-action lawsuit, the company allegedly disclosed billions of users’ personal information, including email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, other account information, as well as security passwords, negligently. The complaints filed against Yahoo were based on grounds that the users were subject to various disclosures of personal information, despite assurances from the company of privacy protection.

The complaints alleged that the company released a spate of news releases disclosing that user accounts had been compromised in 2014, 2015, and 2016. A federal judge had initially rejected a $50 million settlement agreement after the plaintiffs in the Yahoo data breach class-action lawsuit claimed that the massive breaches happened because of Yahoo’s disregard of users’ privacy interests and threats.

Yahoo promised to improve security measures when it comes to user data. Class Members will receive identity theft and fraud protection for two years via a credit monitoring service called All Clear. However, Class Members who do not need the credit monitoring service can alternatively opt for a payment estimated to be between $100 and $358.

American Class Members are required to provide documentation that proves they already have credit monitoring services. On the other hand, those in Israel do not have to provide proof. Those who were seriously affected and suffered fraud or identity theft will get worthwhile compensation. They can claim reimbursement under the Yahoo data breach class-action lawsuit for up to $25,000 for out-of-pocket expenses.

The class-action made sure every victim was included in the settlement. The Class Members who previously paid for certain Yahoo services, including premium email or ad-free service, have the right to claim reimbursement for up to 25% of what they paid for the service between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016. What’s more, is that those who got to use Yahoo’s small business services can claim up to $500 per year of service for all the time they were subscribed to the service.

The deadline for Class Members to object to or exclude themselves from the Yahoo data breach class-action settlement is March 6, 2020. Here’s how to file a claim for the Yahoo data breach settlement:

How to File a Claim for your Yahoo Data Breach Settlement

The claim can only be done online, here. If you had a Yahoo account between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016, you are qualified to be a “Settlement Class Member”. If you received an email notification from the Settlement Administrator about this class-action settlement addressed to you, then the Settlement Administrator has already determined that you are a Settlement Class Member.

Class Members can make claims for a minimum of two years of Credit Monitoring Services at no cost to you by filling out this Claim Form. Credit Monitoring Services are designed to help protect you from possible unlawful use of your personal information that was potentially compromised as a result of the Yahoo Data Breaches. These Services will provide you with alerts if someone is unlawfully using your personal information and other valuable identity protection services. Credit Monitoring Services will only be provided once per person, rather than once per account.

If you can verify that you already have credit monitoring or identity protection services that you will keep for at least 12 months, then you can make a claim for a cash payment in an amount of $100, although the amount may be less or more up to $358.80, depending on how many claims are submitted.

For your account holder claim to be considered, you must completer truly the account holder claim form. At the upper right-hand side of the website’s homepage, locate the “File Claim” text and click on the link. Then locate the account holder claim form in the second row of the table and click the claim form in the third column.

You will be prompted to enter your first name, last name, primary emailing address – including city, state, postal code and country and date of birth – these fields are all required if you would like to enter your middle initial, a secondary address, current email address or home, work or cell phone number. It is not required if there are any other names you have used in the past. You may enter them in the other names you used section.

If you are a representative filing on behalf of someone, you have to enter your information into the name of the representative field. Then go ahead and list all the Yahoo accounts you held between January 1st 2012 and December 31st 2016 by entering your information into the Yahoo account field.

Select which claim option you would like to submit. The first option is for credit monitoring services. Option two is for alternative compensation. You may only select one option. If you select option 1, you may proceed to the next section of the claim form. If you select option 2, alternative compensation, you must provide additional information to certify your claim.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Out-of-Pocket Costs incurred from January 1, 2012, to the present which may be eligible for the reimbursements include, but not limited to:

  • Unreimbursed fraud losses or charges
  • Professional fees incurred in connection with identity theft or falsified tax returns
  • Lost interest or other damage resulting from a delayed state and/or federal tax refund in connection with fraudulent tax return filing
  • Credit freeze
  • Credit monitoring that was ordered after January 2012 through the date on which the Credit Monitoring Services become available through this settlement
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as notary, fax, postage, copying, mileage and long-distance telephone charges
  • Other (provided detailed description)

Documentation of Harm

On the documentation of harm, select all relevant cost types on the left-hand side of the table that you think matches your situation. For each cost type, provide the approximate date of the loss, the amount of the loss, and describe the supporting documentation that you will be uploading to support your claim.

Claims for Additional Time

If you spent time addressing issues related to one or more of the Data Breaches, you may be compensated $25 per hour or unpaid time off work at your actual hourly rate, for up to 15 hours, for documented claims.