thomasgermain
Thomas Germain
thomasgermain
I'm a Senior Reporter at Gizmodo covering data ecosystems. I read the privacy policies so you don't have to.

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I already knew what it was just from also getting a $5.21 check.
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Its statement in response to lawsuits seems to include glaring contractions.” Read more

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I got in on the equafax one. Just got my check for $15 last week lol.  Read more

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With my apple settlement I received a check for $1.83  and the lawyers got millions i believe! Read more

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Sure, some of it’s silly, but so much of this is about real ripoffs.  To me, Krapple is almost as big a ripoff as Crypto.  And serving counts need to be accurate.  Etc.  But for a number of these, whose got the records from years ago showing eligibility? Read more

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I have signed up for several such over the years, usually see between 5 and 20 bucks, but recently got a check for $550 from one.  Of course, the class was relatively small being the residents of a small suburb of Portland during a specified time period, but I was quite pleased with the few minutes work to sign up. Read more

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If you own or ever did own a 2010-2015 Toyota Prius or 2012-2017 Prius V and had to replace a failed inverter, then a class action against Toyota will net you full reimbursement for the cost, which can often be between $3,000 and $4,000. They’ll also reimburse you for any rental costs incurred while your Prius was in Read more

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I’ve received around a dozen settlements over the last dozen years. Every single one was for less than $10. I have a weird debit card worth like $7 and something cents that can only be used at a limited number of stores, and it’s essentially impossible to apply. Some digital “cards” are worth only around $3, and if I Read more

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I got 5.21 this year!  The breach occurred in September 2017, so about 5-1/2 years later I get enough to buy some fries. Read more

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Only people this really benefits financially are the lawyers. Not worth it for the average person to spend an hour figuring it all out to get 8 dollars (which will be taxed at their marginal tax rate). Read more

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I load my FireFox up on all anti tracking etc. They are too stupid to realize if they fkn pay me per track, they can track me. So 5$ per day per tracked item. FK YOU ADVERTISERS AND COMPANIES. Its MY FKN DATA - FK YOU - PAY ME!  PAY ME! NO MORE FREE DATA FROM MY PURCHASES AND USES. FK YOU PAY ME!
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This is a very strange effort IMO. If we genuinely get to opt-in (and not in a click here to get to where you were going or read 23 pages first kind of way), then why not have us fill out a profile with preferences and use a browser plugin or identifier we keep to make it so every website we visit gets to read our Read more

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Sure. “Stovepipe” data collection so that only “vertical” information is being collected. Read more

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If you want to defend yourself, you need to have, ahem, alternate information to offer. Read more

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“Unless they’re selling data to a data broker.” Read more

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Who’s gonna design a browser plugin so I can set all my fingerprint details to indicate that I am, in fact, Mr. J. Blues, 1060 W Addison, Chicago? Read more

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I read a book about a missionary who went out to San Francisco in 1850, raised a few chickens and sold the eggs to a neighbor for 50 cents EACH (not dozen, each!) who then turned around and sold them to the miners for 75 cents each.

That’s $9 in 1850 dollars for a dozen eggs.

Just to put some things in perspective.

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Never thought I’d say this, but thanks Amazon?! Whole Foods still has <$4 for a dozen eggs in California. Read more

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There was a TikTok of someone waiting for Costco to open and rushed to the eggs where there was a literal stack of a million fucking eggs and people hoarding.  There is no shortage, only hoarding. Read more

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