Google Plus shut down: Here’s all you need to know

Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it

According to an official blog post, Google discovered in March that a bug in Google+ code allowed external developers to access the private profile data of at least 500,000 users on the social network since 2015.

In the post, Google announced it was closing down the service after the Wall Street Journal revealed the company had known about the bug, which affected all Google+ users, since March this year. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan report that Google was anxious about public perception and regulatory scrutiny, and that Google wanted to avoid comparisons with Facebook, which at the time was dealing with its own data privacy scandal. The glitch meant developers could access private details about people's friends too, including things like their email addresses, birthdays, profile photos, occupations, and relationship statuses. Google ran an internal test and found that as many as 496,951 users may have had their data compromised, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The company said it will give consumers more control over what data apps can access. The company has now chose to shut down the seven-year-old service that was initially launched as a direct take on Facebook. In addition, Google Account permissions dialog boxes will be split to show each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialog box.

Speaking about the exposed data, Google said on Monday: "We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any profile data was misused". Why did Google hide the security vulnerability? .

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They said the firm would now "sunset" the app, which failed to truly challenge market leader Facebook, citing "very low usage". But Google says it has no way of confirming these numbers or which users may have had their data exposed improperly.

The report said the company is planning to announce a sweeping set of data privacy measures that include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+, as part of its response to the incident.

Some of that qualifies as legally protected personally identifiable information, and its exposure could trigger scrutiny from federal and state regulators, including some who have probed Google before on similar issues.

"We are shutting down Google+ for consumers", Smith added, admitting that the product was, at best, underwhelming.

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