Google+ social media platform to be killed following revelations of privacy flaw

Doris Richards
October 10, 2018

This leaked data included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status. Others include limiting what sorts of data that can be collected per transaction when users share their Gmail accounts and phone numbers. The lawsuit was blocked in the High Court on Monday. A bug in Google+ exposed the personal information of users, something Google didn't mention for a half a year.

Google also said the consumer version of Google+ had low usage and engagement and 90% of user sessions are less than five seconds long, essentially trashing its own product to cover up. This bug could allow a user's installed apps to utilize the API and access non-public information belonging to that user's friends. The bug is said to have affected as many as 500,000 accounts, though the company says it found "no evidence" that any data was actually misused.

The service will stay online for enterprise customers and business networks that use Google+ software. "We chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", the company said in the post.

Google today revealed it'd be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ in response to a previously undisclosed security flaw - and also because no one's really using it.

But the company has said that no other information was put at risk and that it has no evidence that any of the data was improperly collected by outsiders.

Google+ has hardly been a roaring success for Mountain View team.

The company said it will give consumers more control over what data apps can access. Although not the most-liked platform, Google+ did provide a space for artists worldwide whether their landscapes were art, photography or even food.

This sounds like a fairly easy thing to fix, but Google apparently decided its little social media site that never quite made it wasn't worth the effort.

These latest changes are also being implemented as part of a larger crackdown, in which the search giant is seeking to review and curb "third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps' data access". And the company will impose new limits on the data shared about users of its popular e-mail service, Gmail. The glitch was live for almost three years, according to the reports, but Google decided not to make the breach public because it feared regulation.

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