Google+ Is Shutting Down Three Months Early After New Privacy Bug

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Google says it's now reaching out to users impacted, and it'll continue to offer tools to those who want to save or migrate their data. It gave outside developers access to user data for six days.

To avoid this for as many users as possible, Google will continue to provide additional information and instructions on how to safely and securely migrate their data on the platform. It is also poised to come up when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress on Tuesday.

Remember Google+? If not, you're far from alone - the much-criticized social network got off to a rocky start when it first launched in 2012, and though it's always retained a sizable core userbase, it has shrunk considerably.

A little less than two months ago, it was announced that Google+ would be closing its doors to consumers in August 2019 following a three-year-long data breach.

In response to its latest findings, Google said Monday that it would shutter its social network in April 2019, five months sooner than it initially announced.

The data leaked due to a bug in the Google+ API.

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"In addition, apps with access to a user's Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly", Google added.

The programming interface bug allowed developers to access names, ages, email addresses, occupations, and a wealth of other personal details even when they were set to be nonpublic.

Google discovered the privacy-invading glitch following its routine testing procedures.

"We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust", Google says by way of concluding its blog post.

"With the discovery of this new bug, we have made a decision to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days", Google announced.

"No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way."

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