Google hid Google+ security flaw that exposed users' personal information

Google hid Google+ security flaw that exposed users' personal information

Google hid Google+ security flaw that exposed users' personal information

The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan report that Google was anxious about public perception and regulatory scrutiny, and that Google wanted to avoid comparisons with Facebook, which at the time was dealing with its own data privacy scandal.

Data is limited to static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age. It is a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google accounts and Android device data and of the philosophy around apps' data access. It said it would add "more granular" screens for granting permission to access data, and was adding new limits to the data that third-party apps can use.

A Google spokesperson cited "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers" expectations" along with "very low usage' as the reasons for the move.

The shutdown of the consumer version of the service will be completed over the next 10 months and the platform will be completely buried in August 2019.

Google will shut down Google Plus, the company's floundering answer to Facebook, after it discovered a security vulnerability that exposed the private data of up to 500,000 users of the service.

Google+ was, of course, Google's response to Facebook that never quite caught on with consumers.

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In a statement, Google said it believed the problem was not serious enough to inform the public.

"It's that Google's execs knowingly avoided disclosing an issue because they knew it'd invite gov scrutiny & bad PR".

Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected.

"We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any profile data was misused", Smith said. Google was hammered again a month later, when the Associated Press revealed the company was tracking users' locations even after they'd turned off their phones' location history setting. So a group of the company's executives ruled that the firm should stay quiet about the flaw, and reportedly informed Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, of their decision.

Google says that going forward, rather than bundling permissions together for a single approval, each and every permission requested by an app will be shown one at a time, within its own dialog box.

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