Monday, 10 December, 2018

Google+ to shut down after security bug

Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it Google Shutters Google+ Following Privacy Vulnerability
Kayla Schwartz | 10 October, 2018, 13:27

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives opted against notifying users earlier because of concerns it would catch the attention of regulators and draw comparisons to a data privacy scandal at Facebook.

The data being stolen includes full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status. Thankfully, according to Google, no developer was aware of the bug, was misusing the Google+ API, or had misused private data from users' profiles.

In a blog post, the company admitted Google+ had failed to achieve "broad consumer or developer adoption" since it launched as a would-be Facebook rival in 2011.

Among other changes, the company is updating its User Data Policy for the consumer Gmail API in order to limit apps that may seek permission to access consumer Gmail data.

In addition to the sunsetting of Google+, Project Strobe brings in new, more granular controls over the data Android and Gmail users share with apps.

Google+ will shut down for consumers at the end of next August, giving users time to download or transfer their data.

"Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues", a Google spokesman told AFP.

Brent crude drops below $83 on expectations Iran will maintain some exports
Speaking at an event here, Pradhan said two of India's state-owned companies had contracted for Iranian crude for November. None of the Iranian crude exported in the first week of October is heading for Europe, according to the Refinitiv data.

A flaw was discovered in March that exposed personal information of up to 500,000 people.

Many have long suspected that Google+ was in its final days, but nearly no-one could have predicted it would end like this. "Additionally, the decision not to disclose the discovered vulnerability speaks to a fear of reputational damage and possible legal ramifications or litigation in light of recent Senate hearings and the GDPR [the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation]".

Google has recently been at the center of a number of privacy breaches.

In its blog post Monday, Google announced it will sharply curtail Google+, its failing social media offering, limiting it to only business and other enterprise customers.

The closure isn't because people are happier using Facebook and Twitter instead of Google's service.

The API flaw allowed third-party app developers to access profile and contact information that chose to sign into the apps via Google.

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.

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