Google Plus to close after bug leaks personal information

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Google plans to turn Google+ into an Enterprise-focused product. He said that given the legal issues Facebook faces over its Cambridge Analytica cover-up, it's not surprising Google tried to keep the leak out of the public eye.

"Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain". The company announced today that it's killing the consumer version of Google+ after it discovered some major privacy issues with the official Google+ APIs.

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'It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G suite content, ' Smith explained.

Google also said, more broadly, that it was going to strengthen consumer control over data shared with app developers. Google confirmed that the bug provided third parties with access to user information. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) closed the day at $1,155.92 per share, off more than 10 percent off its 52-week high of $1,291.44.

This bug helped outside developers to gain access to users personal data.

As a bit of a bright side, however, there was no evidence that any developer was even aware this bug existed, despite 438 applications using the API.

A security lapse of this kind is exactly the kind of news Google didn't need right now, but the fact that leaders decided not to disclose is likely only to exacerbate the situation. Based on a two-week test created to measure the impact of the API bugs before they were fixed, Google analysts believe that data for 496,951 users was improperly exposed. The information was available to third-party developers between 2015 and March 2018. Shortly after the article was published, Google said it would close the Google+ social networking service to consumers. We will remove access to contact interaction data from the Android Contacts API within the next few months.

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For action 3, this is related to Gmail and is limiting what permissions apps can seek as it relates to Gmail data. Users (whoever they might be) have had plenty of time to download and migrate their data before the platform's final days arrive in August of next year.

The snafu threatens to give Google a black eye on privacy after public assurances that it was less susceptible to data gaffes like those that have befallen Facebook.

Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was briefed on the plan not to notify users after an internal committee had reached that decision, sources told the WSJ.

Writing in a blog post Monday, Google attempted to downplay the incident, saying it hasn't found any signs that the bug was exploited.

Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected.

For now, though, Google will continue supporting Google+ for businesses.

The tech giant said it would shut down the consumer version of the platform after it revealed users' data may have been exposed by a bug that was present for more than two years.

So, for example, if you're using your Google account to sing into a new service and it requests access to your Calendar and Drive, you'll be able to grant or deny that permission on a per-service basis.

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