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Google to shut down Google

Google to shut down Google”

Google announced it would be shutting down the Google+ social network permanently, partly as a result of the bug. Up to 438 applications on Google Plus had access to this API, though Google said they have no evidence any developers were aware of the vulnerability.

As for the possible data exposure, Google found a bug in an API that developers could use that exposed profile data for up to 500,000 people, even if you had marked it as private. The company notes that it will be "launching new features purpose-build for businesses", and that it'll share more information in the coming days.

The consumer version was found to have low usage and engagement, with 90 percent of Google+ user sessions lasting fewer than five seconds, according to the firm.

Google shuttered its consumer Google+ site, after the company discovered a software glitch that gave outsiders potential access to private profile data.

Specifically, the issue disclosed Monday came through one of the Google+ "People" APIs, a developer tool available to third-party app developers.

Because of all of this, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google+ for consumers.

In weighing whether to disclose the incident, the company considered "whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response, a Google spokesman told WSJ". That bug, exposed by the WSJ today, meant that apps with nefarious intent could have extracted data including name, email address, occupation, gender, and age from a person's profile.

Google said it couldn't determine which users were impacted by this bug because the API was created to keep logs for only two weeks, and it didn't have access to historical data longer than that.

Shares of Google-parent Alphabet fell more than 2% Monday afternoon following a report saying the tech giant discovered that it had exposed personal-profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users and then decided not to disclose the details for fear of regulatory scrutiny.

Google has already recently drawn controversy over its data collection practices.

"None of these thresholds were met here.", she said.

So the company felt that the site simply wasn't worth maintaining between its minimal traffic and its security threats, hence the ten-month period for users to migrate whatever data they need before it's taken offline in August 2019.

Google is also limiting apps' ability to gain access to users' call log and SMS data on Android devices.

Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network.



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