Google Plus shutdown date gets moved up after new security breach

Google Plus shutdown date gets moved up after new security breach

Google never could figure out a coherent story to tell that would spur greater usage of its flameout of a social network.

"In addition, we have also made a decision to accelerate the sun-setting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019". It's estimated that upwards of 52 million users were affected by this leak.

It said the flaw allowed "name, email address, occupation, and age" to be exposed to third-party developers, even if accounts had been set to private.

The latest Google+ security vulnerability affects the People API that enables apps to view public profile information from consenting users.

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Today Google officially announced that it recently discovered a new API bug that was released in November. Nevertheless, the powers that be have apparently concluded that the site is more trouble than it's worth - and they're probably right, given the scrutiny Google is under.

Perhaps even more impactful, all Google+ APIs are scheduled to be completely shut down within the next 90 days.

Two months after saying it would shutter its faltering network after a security glitch potentially exposed personal information on up to 500,000 customers, the technology behemoth is moving up the closure date.

The bug did not give developers access to information such as financial data, national identification numbers, passwords, or similar data typically used for fraud or identity theft.

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"We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust", David Thacker, vice president of product management for Google's G Suite products, said in a blog post. In that time, Google says it has no indication that any developers that did have access to the errant API "were aware of it or misused it in any way".

But the incident prompted the company's announcement that it would shut down Google+ for good in August 2019.

Of course, this is all just for the consumer version of Google+.

The company is now notifying users impacted by this issue. Apps could have accessed some non-public profile data that had been shared with a user as well.

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