Saturday, 20 October, 2018


After an undisclosed security breach was revealed, Google+ will be shutting down

Google+ Shutting Down After Bug Leaks Info of 500k Accounts Google shuts down Google+ following massive security flaw - GSMArena.com news
Melba Vasquez | 10 October, 2018, 13:27

A Google+ security breach gave outside developers access to the private data of hundreds of thousands of the social network's users between 2015 and March 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

In a blog post, Google said the information that was exposed includes full names, email addresses, occupation, gender and age.

As many as 438 developers "may have used" the API in question, which could potentially impact up to 500,000 people, according to Google.

Google is shutting down the consumer version of Google+ because the social media network isn't worth maintaining, the company said Monday.

"Going forward, consumers will get more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app", Google said.

In response to the breach, Google is shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+.

Facebook has been under heavy scrutiny about its privacy policy after a British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of illegally accessing the data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Google will wind down Google+ during the coming 10 months to allow people time to download pictures, videos or other data they want from their accounts. "We made a decision to sunset the consumer version of Google+", the company said in the post.

Google says the consumer version of the Google+ will be shuttered by next August, though companies may still use a different version.

Google's disclosure comes at a time when the SEC is putting increasing pressure on corporations to disclose data-security incidents and has reopened its cybersecurity unit.

It also comes just weeks after a separate report in The Wall Street Journal detailed how the developers of some third-party apps are able to read users' email. Well, this is a major security flaw that brought users personal data to risk. If you don't see the downgrade page and instead see an upgrade page, you have already deleted your Google+ profile (or didn't have one).

"The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google user sessions are less than five seconds", the company said.

Google eventually disclosed the data leak in a blog post yesterday. (An earlier WSJ piece described how some Gmail apps were allowing employees to read users' emails and sell the data to marketers.) The changes apply to new Gmail apps immediately, and to existing ones early next year.

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