Google Accelerates Google+ Shutdown Following New Privacy Mishap

Google Accelerates Google+ Shutdown Following New Privacy Mishap

What's more, apps with access to users' Google+ profile data had permission to access non-public profile data that other Google+ users shared with the consenting user.

To avoid this for as many users as possible, Google will continue to provide additional information and instructions on how to safely and securely migrate their data on the platform.

In October, Google announced it was shutting down Google+ after a security flaw exposed users' personal data via the official Google+ APIs.

Another day, another nail in the coffin of the now defunct consumer facing side of Google+. Google+ was slated for closure (to consumers) in August 2019, but unfortunately for the platform's remaining users, Google has bumped that date up by four months to April.

In response to its latest findings, Google said Monday that it would shutter its social network in April 2019, five months sooner than it initially announced.




With the discovery of this new bug, we have made a decision to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days. "We've recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API", David Thacker, VP of product management for G Suite at the company, said today.

Google discovered the privacy-invading glitch following its routine testing procedures. "With the discovery of this new bug, we have chose to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days", David Thacker, VP Product Management of G Suite, wrote.

The vulnerability possible exposed profile information to developers.

While the API bug did potentially impact tens of millions of users, Google asserts that it has found no evidence of the exploit being acted upon or the data being misused. During the time the bug was active, developers of apps that requested permission to view profile information that a user had added to their Google+ profile received permission to view profile information about that user even when the details were set to not-public.

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