Users, shutting down social network

10 Octubre, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Misty Newman
  • BERLIN GERMANY- AUGUST 21 The Google Plus social network logo is seen in the company's offices behind Android toys

Google's own social network, Google+, will shut down after a vulnerability exposed the personal information of over 500,000 users, according to CNET.

Google opted not to disclose the issue partly due to fears of regulatory scrutiny, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources and internal documents. "Earlier this year, right at the time they discovered this, the Facebook Cambridge Analytica data breach had just happened, there's a lot of regulator scrutiny of Facebook and tech companies and how they're handling data, and internally, they were anxious about being pulled into this conversation in a bigger way".

A memo by Google's legal and policy team to the company's senior executives and obtained by WSJ said that disclosing the incident would trigger "immediate regulatory interest" and invite comparison to Facebook's scandal.

Additionally, Google is limiting which apps can seek permission to users' consumer Gmail data.

Google+ has always been the joke of social networks; the one that people point and laugh at when discussing the number of people who log in every day.

Google said the flaw was patched immediately and that there was no evidence that the leaked information was used by any third-party developers. That means we can not confirm which users were impacted by this bug.

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Google said it couldn't determine which users were impacted by this bug because the API was created to keep logs for only two weeks, and it didn't have access to historical data longer than that. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we made a decision to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.

Google is shutting down its failed social network and authentication system Google+. Also, Smith is adamant Project Strobe found "no evidence" this bug was abused or even that the developers using the API were aware it existed.

As for Google+, the search giant won't miss it that much because the site never got off the ground with end users.

Low usage combined with the security challenges mean Google will wind down Google+ over the next 10 months, although it will continue to provide the service to businesses.

"Had this breach occurred just a few months later, Google could be subject to strict GDPR fines for not keeping user data safe".

Google today also revealed some more steps that it's taking to help protect user data. By doing this, it hopes to make users of Google's apps confident that their data is secure.

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