Google Plus to close after data exposed

Google Plus to close after data exposed

Google Plus to close after data exposed

In its blog post Monday, Google announced it will sharply curtail Google+, its failing social media offering, limiting it to only business and other enterprise customers. "Underlining this, as part of our Project Strobe audit, we discovered a bug in one of the Google+ People APIs", Google said in its announcement.

Google came forward about the bug, which was discovered back in March and was active between 2015 and 2018, on October 8, after a Wall Street Journal investigation cited anonymous sources who said that the company didn't disclose the problem then partly to avoid attracting regulatory scrutiny.

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The company is also stressing its commitment to security - now offering "more fine-grained control" of what account data Google users share with third-party apps.

But it's not doing so exclusively out of concern for users' privacy: Smith admitted the network is not a success, saying "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds". No developer exploited the vulnerability or misused data, the review found.

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When those friends signed into apps using Google+, app developers ask for permission to get profile information and are granted. Pichai recently agreed to testify before Congress, but a date has not yet been set. Google executives were concerned about appearances, particularly as Facebook is under fire after an analytics firm allegedly misused the data of tens of millions of users.

"The Data Protection Commission was not aware of this issue and we now need to better understand the details of the breach, including the nature, impact and risk to individuals and we will be seeking information on these issues from Google", the regulator said. However, we ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.

In the last two months, U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle have stepped up their attacks on Google, with Republicans accusing it of harbouring biases against them and Democrats questioning whether the company has gotten too big and powerful.

Google goes "beyond legal requirements" and applies "several criteria focused on our users" when deciding whether to provide notice, a spokesperson said in a statement. Info like phone numbers, email messages, timeline posts, and direct messages were not surfaced by this API. By the company's reckoning, up to 438 applications may have been able to access private profile data because of the software bug.

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