Google Announces Acceleration of Plus Service Shut Down

Google Announces Acceleration of Plus Service Shut Down

Google Announces Acceleration of Plus Service Shut Down

Regardless, Google notified impacted users and enterprise customers. The vulnerability possibly exposed profile information like names, email addresses, occupations, and ages to developers.

While Google assures that it believes that the developers actually didn't misuse this access since they weren't aware about it and the bug was fixed within a week, the company has still changed its initial plans.

The second data leak occurred as part of an update to the platform.

Back in October, Google announced that it would shut down its Google+ social network, following the discovery of an API bug that could have led to user data being stolen. Google also said at the time that it planned to gradually wind down the service to consumers over a 10-month period to give them a lengthy window to transition to other services.

One day before Google CEO Sundar Pichai is set to testify before Congress about a slew of issues that are likely to include data privacy and security, Google took to its company blog to announce that it's moving up the planned shutdown date of Google+ by four months. Why? "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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Google revealed today a second bug in the Google+ API that could have been abused to steal the private data of almost 52.5 million users.

The company was originally going to shut the service down in August of 2019, but in light of this latest API bug, Google has made a decision to expedite the shutdown process and wrap things up in April 2019. The social network itself will now shut down in April instead of August.

While Google said it had no evidence either data leak was actively exploited, it has no way of assuring users that developers haven't accessed the profile data that was supposed to be non-public. However, the company said there's "no evidence" that any third party compromised Google's systems or misused the data.

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.

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