Google+ Shutting Down After Bug Leaks Info of 500k Accounts

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

Late Monday, Google shuttered its Google+ social network following the disclosure that personal data for hundreds of thousands of users was potentially exposed because of a bug it kept quiet. It opted not to report it, "in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage".

Affected data included Google+ profile information like names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age information, but no personal messages, according to the company, which added that it didn't find any evidence that any developer actually exploited the bug to access any of this information.

Parent company Alphabet Inc responded by announcing it would shut down Google+, a largely defunct social network launched in 2011 to compete with Facebook.

Project Strobe will also lead to Google account holders getting more fine-grained controls over the data they share with apps, which now have overly broad access to user information, Google said.

"It has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps", Smith said of Google+. The company is henceforth shutting down Google+ to consumers.

As a part of the announcement of the breach, Google has chose to implement more fine-grained permissions for accessing user data from apps.

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In a statement to BleepingComputer, a Google Spokesperson said that their Privacy & Data Protection Office felt it was not necessary to disclose as it did not meet the threshold that would warrant it.

Google will retire its Google+ social network after it admitted to finding flaws that may have exposed private data from up to half a million accounts.

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. The bug allowed for developers that had access to Google+'s API to access information of users that gave permission to the program.

Monday's report comes in the wake of Google CEO Sundar Pichai upcoming testimony before Congress over concerns the search engine is bias against conservatives.

Google also said the consumer version of Google+ had low usage and engagement and 90% of user sessions are less than five seconds long, essentially trashing its own product to cover up.

With immediate effect, it will only be possible for apps configured to be the default calling or text app to access phone and SMS data.

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