Google Plus is closed after leaking data for half a million accounts
Google’s parent company, Alphabit, said on Monday that up to 500,000 Google Plus social networking applications may have been flawed, possibly disclosing data to external developers, and that the company will close its social network .
Earlier, the Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources and internal documents as saying that Google chose not to disclose the issue, in part because of fears of regulatory scrutiny, according to Reuters.
According to the report, a software bug on the social networking site gave external developers access to private Google Plus data from March 2015 to March 2018, when internal investigators discovered the problem and repaired it.
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Google said the affected data is limited to personal data on Google Plus, including name, email, job, gender and age.
“We did not find evidence that any developer was aware of this flaw or misused the application interface and did not find evidence of abuse of any personal data.”
The story of the end began today from the Wall Street Journal, which confirmed that Google chose not to tell users of a serious security vulnerability discovered in March 2018 that may have affected more than 500,000 users and disclosed their data.
The privacy of Google Plus users from 2015 to 2018 may have been violated and access to information such as full names, e-mail address, birthdays, gender, photo profiles, places of presence, profession, marital status. Google says it has found no evidence of misuse of the data.
However, Google has already confirmed that it is closing the Google Plus network in August 2019 with the announcement of some new privacy measures such as increased emphasis on permissions and blocking third-party applications from accessing applications such as Gmail, messaging, call logs, and more.