Google to shut down Google

Google to shut down Google

Google to shut down Google

March was when a software bug was fixed that allowed third-party developers to access personal data.

The data exposed included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile pictures, places lived, occupations and relationship status.

"Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice", a Google spokesman said in a statement to WSJ. The lawsuit was blocked in the High Court on Monday.

Google is at the centre of controversy this morning over a report of a massive user data breach that occurred a year ago, with the result that they will be introducing finer grain controls to limit access to user data on the web and Android - and also shutdown Google+ for consumers.

You see, Google+ users could grant access to their profile data to third-party apps - just like users could with Facebook and Twitter.

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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company knew about the issue in March but did not disclose it. Google was afraid it, too, would become the center of attention following Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, and as such chose not to disclose the information to its users. The reason, as reported by WSJ, is that it wasn't reported "because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage".

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers' expectations. So, Google is shutting it down consumer access to G+.

Additionally, as part of the Android Contacts permission, we had provided basic interaction data so, for example, a messaging app could show you your most recent contacts.

Besides low usage, Google+ engagement rates are also defeating, with 90-percent of all sessions lasting for under five seconds, according to Alphabet's subsidiary. The company did not check up with any of the developers of the aforementioned 438 apps. The service will be wound down over the next 10 months, with the ultimate shut-down coming in August 2019. A spokeswoman for Google didn't immediately return a request for further comment. They're also limiting app's access to your Gmail account moving forward, so only apps that "directly enhance" email functionality (like email clients and backup services) will be able to access your Gmail messages.

Applications for use on Android-powered smartphones that seek phone or SMS data will need to conform to stricter rules when it comes to calls or text messaging, Google said. Gmail add-ons access will also be limited.

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