Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google Plus to close after bug leaks personal information

Google Plus to close after bug leaks personal information

Upon discovering the bug, Google patched it, but opted not to disclose it to the public out of fear of regulatory pressure and unfavorable comparisons to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

The data exposed included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile pictures, places lived, occupations and relationship status.

Google said it was unable to confirm which accounts were affected by the bug, but an analysis indicated it could have been as many as 500,000 Google+ accounts.

While Google says there is no clear misuse of profile data that occurred as a result of this breach, MacMillan of the Journal says it raises questions about the company's commitment to user privacy.

Google will limit Android apps' ability to access SMS data, call logs, and contacts.

According to the WSJ (Via Engadget), a software vulnerability gave external developers on Google+ access to private Google+ user data for years; between 2015 and 2018.

Google has announced that it's kicking its floundering social media platform Google+ to the curb, some seven years after it was first introduced.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

"Had this breach occurred just a few months later, Google could be subject to strict GDPR fines for not keeping user data safe".

Google has announced it will be winding down its little-used Plus social network. Google has planned to make the permissions' part more transparent to avoid any confusion for the users.

Hot on the heels of the Facebook security breach last month, there has been another faux pas involving Google+.

A Google spokesperson said there were "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations".

Google is shutting down the consumer version of its Google+ social network following the discovery of a vulnerability that allowed app developers access to private profile information.

"We are shutting down Google+ for consumers", Smith added, admitting that the product was, at best, underwhelming. This, combined with the community's extremely low user base-90% of Google+ sessions are under 5 seconds-were enough for Google to be done with it for good.

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