New privacy bug forces Google to shut down Google+ earlier than planned

New privacy bug forces Google to shut down Google+ earlier than planned

New privacy bug forces Google to shut down Google+ earlier than planned

In October, Google chose to close Google+ to the public after finding data on 500,000 of its users had been exposed.

The Google+ People API offers access to the entire profile data that includes name, email address, occupation, age, skills, gender, birthday. Back in October, the company disclosed that it had discovered and patched a bug that allowed application developers to access personal data earlier this year.

As such, Google made a decision to put the service out to pasture following a data leak earlier this year.

Another day, another nail in the coffin of the now defunct consumer facing side of Google+.

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.


Google is still looking into the severity of the bug but said that so far it impacted 52.5 million users who were connected through the Google Plus API, and that those users had their information-even information marked private on their profile-revealed to developers. As a result of this second data breach, Google has announced it will move up the closing of its social network from August 2019 to April 2019.

We have confirmed that the bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API.

Thacker also says user security is the company's top priority, more so than the inconvenience to developers: "We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust..." "We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced".

In addition to moving the Google+ sunset date four months forward, Google also said it would be shutting down all Google+ APIs for the Google+ consumer version within 90 days, way before its April 2019 shutdown date. The bug was apparently only live for six days, and Google claims that developers with access to the API weren't aware of it or misused the user data, which is certainly a good thing.

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