Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

The company also said it would inform affected users, including "any enterprise customers". The personal information that was exposed was from people's Google+ profiles, including names, ages and occupations.

Even though the bug didn't end in any hackers gaining access to private user information, Google made a decision to speed up the process of shutting down Google Plus anyway.

Still, this is just one more nail in the coffin for G+.

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 said at the time that it would shut down the Google+ social networking service to consumers because of the "significant challenges" it faced in meeting users' privacy expectations.

The bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users and possibly exposed the aforementioned profile information even when the information was set to not-public.




Today Google officially announced that it recently discovered a new API bug that was released in November.

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

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

The company was originally going to shut the service down in August of 2019, but in light of this latest API bug, Google has chose to expedite the shutdown process and wrap things up in April 2019. This was the final straw for the company, which has announced that the service will shut down four months early and its API will cease functioning within 90 days. At the time, it said profile data from up to 500,000 users might have been exposed to partner apps by a bug that was present for more than two years. "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", Thacker says.

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