Google announces plans to close Google

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

That decision could run afoul of relatively new rules in California and Europe governing when a company must disclose a security incident.

The report said the company is planning to announce a sweeping set of data privacy measures that include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+, as part of its response to the incident. "None of these thresholds were met here", Google memo said. However, Google said no other data, including private messages or phone numbers, could have been accessed, and that there's no evidence that developers were actually aware of this bug or that data was misused. Google claims that they didn't tell its users because they believed that without sufficient information on who was hacked, they found it wouldn't be useful to identify the public on the matter. This news comes in the wake of a previously undisclosed security flaw that exposed the data of the profile of users. The compromised data were optional Google+ profile fields that included name, age, gender, occupation, and email address.

The same month that the bug was discovered, Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data scandal came to light, prompting politicians on both sides of the Atlantic to call for hearings and regulation.

Google chose to keep a Google+ data breach that was discovered in March a secret to avoid drawing comparisons to Facebook and its Cambridge Analytica scandal. However, up to 500,000 Google+ profiles were affected by the vulnerability, and 438 applications may have used the API.

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Allegedly, the glitch enabled outside developers to gain unauthorized access to the relevant for quite some time - from 2015 until Google's discovery in March of this year.

During the next 10 months, Google will provide consumers with "additional information" regarding ways they can download or migrate their data to other social media platforms if they so desire. It is a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google accounts and Android device data and of the philosophy around apps' data access.

Google has admitted that adoption of the its social network and subsequent user engagement has been low, with 90% of Google+ user sessions lasting for less than five seconds.

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