Google to shut down Google Plus after user information exposed

Donna Miller
October 12, 2018

"This is a direct result of the scrutiny that Facebook dealt with regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

According to WSJ sources, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was briefed on the plan only after the decision not to inform the public was made - riiiiight.

Google will shut down the consumer version of its failed social network Google+ and tighten its data sharing policies after announcing on Monday that private profile data of at least 500,000 users may have been exposed to hundreds of external developers.

There was another factor at play, though, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Click on The Wall Street Journal for more. However, it had kept quiet about it until now.

All eyes were on Google this week, for all the wrong reasons.

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"Even if the problem was an unanticipated bug, what is Google's defense for concealing that bug for six months, especially if users could have taken steps to mitigate the. sharing of their data?" Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and other device makers. Google states that it was legally not bound to share this vulnerability as there were no breach.

Google's top executives have displayed a reluctance to appear in front of Congress recently. For one thing, soon, only Android apps which the user has assigned as their default for use will be allowed to request certain permissions like making calls and sending SMS. As a result all European Union data protection authorities have jurisdiction to engage with Google on the breach.

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. The Federal Trade Commission has repeatedly investigated privacy incidents at Google and other leading technology companies. Facebook is dealing with similar legal threats.

"Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues". The company adds that it can not confirm how many Google+ users were affected by this bug, but based on a detailed analysis it seems up to 500,000 Google+ accounts have been affected. "None of these thresholds were met in this instance", wrote Ben Smith, a Google vice president of engineering.

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