Google+, Google’s social network, to shut down after bug exposes users’ data

Google exposed user data, chose not to tell public - WSJ

According to the Wall Street Journal, Alphabet Inc. announced that it would cease operations for consumers after it was revealed that the social network revealed personal information for hundreds of thousands of users. Well, this is a major security flaw that brought users personal data to risk. It opted not to report it, "in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage".

The exposed private profile data included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status. That said, Google had confirmed that the data hasn't been misused.

"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. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.

These actions are only the beginning, with Google advising they will roll out additional controls and update their policies across more APIs in the coming months.

Google+ minus people: In a blog post published after the article ran, Google said 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). But Google says it has no way of confirming these numbers or which users may have had their data exposed improperly.

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So the company felt that the site simply wasn't worth maintaining between its minimal traffic and its security threats, hence the ten-month period for users to migrate whatever data they need before it's taken offline in August 2019.

Google said today that it has made a decision to shut down the consumer version of the Google+ app.

In the wake of the report, Google has seemingly decided that the platform's time is up and will be shutting down consumer access to the social network. That means instead of just allowing access to your account with one simple "Allow" button, you'll get to choose which permissions apps are allowed access to each particular service.

Applications tailored to augment Gmail will also face new rules regarding data handling and be subject to security assessments, according to the company.

Lastly, Google says it'll be limiting access to its Gmail APIs and be stricter about what apps in the Play Store can access call logs and SMS permissions on Android devices.

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