Google shutting down social network Google+ after security bug disclosed

Google to shut down Google+ after users’ data exposed

In any case, the conclusion is the same: Google is shutting down the consumer version of Google+, citing challenges in maintaining the service effectively. Shares of Alphabet Inc fell by about 1 percent in response to the story. We do know the affected accounts had their full name, email addresses, birth date, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation, and relationship status exposed. The company initially closely connected Google+ with a number of other Google products, including YouTube, Hangouts and even search.

The Google post said analysts found no evidence the API bugs were actively exploited by developers. For timing, these changes will start rolling out right away and continue over many months.

The Wall Street Journal reporter Douglas MacMillan discusses how Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied the allegations that the company silences conservative voices and how regulations would impact the tech giant. The bug in the API allowed the developers to not just access the private, non-public data of the users who signed up as well as people they are connected to. The Google+ bug that's been discovered and disclosed was located in the Google+ People API.

"In the interim, since we can not trust that we know much or even most of what ought to concern the public, the FTC should install public-minded privacy monitors into the firms as an element of accountability". Shortly after the article was published, Google said it would close the Google+ social networking service to consumers. To make sure something like this Google+ leak doesn't happen again, this new initiative is set out to protect user's privacy and limit the amount of data developers have access to across the web and Android.

Earlier this year, Facebook acknowledged that tens of millions of users had personal data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016.


Play Store apps will no longer be allowed to access text message and call logs unless they are the default calling or texting app on a user's device or have an exception from Google.

Android data access is being restricted to app developers. In July, the company was criticized after reports that employees for a third-party email app could read our emails if we integrated those apps with our Gmail account.

These actions are only the beginning, with Google advising they will roll out additional controls and update their policies across more APIs in the coming months.

Google admitted in the blog post disclosing the bug that usage of Google+ has dropped off in recent years. Since now the breach has been reported, it would be interesting to see how the regulatory bodies respond to this.

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