Apple has agreed to pay $14.8 million to end a class action lawsuit brought by some iCloud users in the United States.
The payment was accepted after Apple was found to have violated the terms and conditions of the service by storing user data on non-Apple servers.
The company will then pay $14.8 million for “breach of the contract relating to the iCloud service that Apple provides to its users”. The crux of the matter is that Apple violated iCloud’s terms and conditions by storing user data on third-party servers instead of its own.
The class action includes anyone who paid for an iCloud subscription from September 16, 2015 through January 31, 2016 in the United States, with users being notified by email. Individuals will receive very low amounts, which may vary depending on the type of iCloud plan they have activated (those who had a 1TB plan will receive higher compensation than users who had 50 or 200GB plans, for example).
Apple denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay the sum to avoid a lawsuit.