Google+ shutdown accelerated after bug affecting 52.5m users found

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

The post also said that Google is notifying affected enterprise customers by contacting administrators and sending them a list of affected users. In October, Google admitted it had failed for six months to reveal information about a bug that put at risk the data of hundreds of thousands of users.

A software update introduced by Google last month has resulted in the personal data of 52.5 million users being exposed, even when it was set to not-public.

Google moved up Google+'s shut-down from August 2019 to April 2019.

Google said it encountered the bug as part of its "standard and ongoing testing procedures" and fixed it within a week of its discovery.

Google will shutter its struggling social network Google+ sooner than previously announced: The company said Monday that Google+ will shut down in April of 2019.

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While Google said it had no evidence either data leak was actively exploited, it has no way of assuring users that developers haven't accessed the profile data that was supposed to be non-public.

Just as with the original bug that brought the site down, Thacker says the company has no evidence third-party developers misused the bug or were aware it existed.

The leak affected a whopping 52.5 million Google+ users and would have exposed relatively non-sensitive information (with a few exceptions) such as names, email addresses, ages, and occupations; regardless of their privacy settings. "With the discovery of this new bug, we have made a decision to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days", David Thacker, VP Product Management of G Suite, wrote.

In addition, apps with access to a user's Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly. "We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs".

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