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10 October 2018, 04:29 | Jodi Jackson
Google shuts down Google+ following massive security flaw - GSMArena.com news
The Wall Street Journalreported that a software glitch caused Google to expose personal-profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, and managers at the search-giant made a decision to keep the info under wraps. And an internal memo noted that while there wasn't any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn't a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place. The breach happened after a software glitch in the site gave outside developers potential access to private profile data including names, email addresses, birth dates, genders, occupations and more.
The company also debuted a number of newprivacy controls, including limiting the apps that can access Gmail, call log, and text messaging data.
A bug in Google+ exposed the personal data of almost 500,000 people and Google chose not to disclose it out of fears of regulatory pressure.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, this bug existed from 2015 through March 2018, and Google confirms that it patched the bug in March 2018 after it discovered its existence.
Google is shutting down its Google+ social network. It opted not to report it, "in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage". The company does say that it found no evidence to show that any developer was aware of the bug or that any profile data was misued.
Google is also going to be limiting access to the apps seeking access to your SMS and Gmail data. Google was hammered again a month later, when the Associated Press revealed the company was tracking users' locations even after they'd turned off their phones' location history setting. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.
In response to the breach, Google is shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+.
Luckily though, if you want to jump ship before Google formally shuts down the social network, there's an easy way to check if you're signed up - and delete your account.
The API allowed users to grant access to their and their friends' profile information to apps.
The search giant states that it wasn't able to maintain "a successful Google+ product that meets consumers' expectations". Contact interaction data will no longer be available via the Android Contacts API either.
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