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Google to shutdown Google+ after security glitch

Google to shutdown Google+ after security glitch

Google's Privacy and Data Protection Office was where the decision was made to not notify users, and the company decided that since it doesn't know which developers have what data, there's really no action that users could take. Google neglected to report the breach to the public, allegedly out of fear that the company would face regulations and damage to its reputation, according to sources and documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Google claims that it "discovered and immediately patched" the bug in March 2018, but the flaw has existed since 2015.

Besides applying to a new app review process, Google also plans to subject the apps to security assessments on how developers store Gmail user data collected through the app. "It's that Google's execs knowingly avoided disclosing an issue because they knew it'd invite gov scrutiny & bad PR".

Google chose not to disclose the flaw out of concern it would trigger regulatory backlash, especially in the wake of criticism against Facebook for its privacy failures, according to the Wall Street Journal, which initially reported the news on Monday (Tuesday NZT).

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In response to this, Google+ will be shutting down for regular users.

When Google+ first launched back in 2011, it was actually somewhat popular, and this is because it was a Google social network. The executive noted that while 438 apps could have leveraged the API's security hole, and 500,000 accounts would have been affected in that case, Google's review found "no evidence" that third-party developers had noticed the bug. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) closed the day at $1,155.92 per share, off more than 10 percent off its 52-week high of $1,291.44.

"Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions". Similarly, there was no evidence that any profile data was stolen, sold, or otherwise misused.

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

Facebook introduced a feature that allowed users to connect their accounts with their profiles on dating, music and other apps. The breach happened after a software glitch in the site gave outside developers potential access to private profile data including names, email addresses, birth dates, genders, occupations and more. "Our goal is to support a wide range of useful apps, while ensuring that everyone is confident that their data is secure".

The litigation was brought by campaign group Google You Owe Us, led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd. This should translate to only your default phone and texting apps having access to your call and SMS data.

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