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It also had to pay $1.66m to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 13 states, who alleged that the company misled its users about its privacy policy and did not do enough to protect their information. A federal judge still needs to approve the deal. At the time of the hack, even the personal information of past users who had paid the $19 required to delete their account and scrub their information from the website was exposed.

Some of the fund will be used to compensate those with a "valid claim".

Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, now Ruby Corporation, admitted no wrongdoing under terms of the accord. "In 2015, hackers gained access to Ruby's computer networks and published certain personal information contained in Ashley Madison accounts". As many as 70,000 of the engagers were bots of fake female profiles that would chat with curious men on the site in exchange for a fee. Class members can recoup up to $3,500 based on their documented losses, according to the preliminary class-action settlement. Ashley Madison has long courted attention with its claim to be the Internet's leading facilitator of extramarital liaisons, boasting that "thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands sign up every day looking for an affair".

"If the proposed settlement agreement is approved by the court, ruby will contribute a total of $11.2 million Dollars to a settlement fund, which will provide, among other things, payments to settlement class members who submit valid claims for alleged losses resulting from the data breach and alleged misrepresentations as described further in the proposed settlement agreement", the company said in a statement, according to Fox News. The settlement said the owners of the Ashley Madison site, which is still active, have added new security measures to the website.


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