Google Shuts Down Google+ After Privacy Breach

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Google exposed the personal data of about 500,000 Google+ users to potential misuse by outside developers for years through a bug, then concealed the error to avoid consequences, according to an investigation published by The Wall Street Journal Monday. Thankfully, according to Google, no developer was aware of the bug, was misusing the Google+ API, or had misused private data from users' profiles. The company detected a bug in Google Plus's People APIs which granted permission for apps to access the static data from user's profiles with private marks on it.

"Going forward, consumers will get more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app".

It does not include any other data users may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.

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Although the company did not notify the users about this bug, they patched it in March 2018. Google said up to 438 external applications, such as online games or quizzes, could have exploited the flaw. This means that the bug had access to information shared to the user, even those not marked as public.

The report also says that Google will announce a number of changes to its privacy policies today. The search giant states that it wasn't able to maintain "a successful Google+ product that meets consumers' expectations".

However, it sounds like Google was ready to shut down the platform regardless of this issue, citing in its announcement the consumer version's "very low usage".

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Google+ will be shutting down over a period of about 10 months, and will vanish by next August.

Google said that none of the requirements that will require to disclose a data breach were met by the Google+ bug, which is why it made a decision to keep it a secret until now.

Google said it would continue to offer private Google+-powered networks for businesses now using the software.

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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.