Google+ to Shut Down Following Bug That Exposed 500K Profiles
09 October, 2018, 22:16
However, while doing this security review, Google decided that keeping the social network going was too much work.
Google deliberately avoided disclosing the problem at the time, in part to avoid drawing regulatory scrutiny and damaging its reputation, according to a Wall Street Journal story that cited anonymous individuals and documents. 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.
Google+ minus people: In a blog post published after the article ran, Googlesaid it had found no evidence data had been abused, and that it would shut off consumer access to Google+ (a corporate version will presumably continue to run). "Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data". Google explained that there was indeed a glitch that could allow developers to access private profile information, including a user's name, email address, occupation, gender, age, and profile photo. Third-party SMS apps will still be allowed, but they can only access this data if the user sets the app as their default for text messaging.
The leaked memo says that while there is no evidence that outside developers misused any data, there is still no way to know for sure. The company, however, can not confirm which users were affected by the bug when it was active from 2015 to 2018.
This bug helped outside developers to gain access to users personal data.
Google today revealed that it's shutting down the consumer version of Google+.
'It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G suite content, ' Smith explained.
"Smith said that despite Google's engineering teams putting in a lot of effort, "[Google+] has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps.
The Google+ shutdown, meanwhile, will occur over the next 10 months, so get your fill before August 2019. The US internet giant said that 90% of Google+ user sessions lasted only five seconds long or less. "Ultimately it will be up to users to proactively monitor how their data is used and what applications have access to that data by using strong passwords and carefully reviewing access requests prior to using an app like Google+", she added. Google plans to change the way apps ask for permissions, giving Android users more control over which permissions they want to give.
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