MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA: Google said on Monday that the company is shutting down the social network Google Plus for consumers. The reason behind is the bug, which affected nearly 500,000 Google+ user accounts that may have exposed their data to third-party developers.
This software glitch gave third-party developers potential access to private profile data from 2015 to March 2018 until internal investigators discovered and fixed the issue. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier, citing unnamed sources that Google opted not to disclose the issue partly due to fear of regulatory scrutiny.
Google said it had found no evidence that outside developers were aware of the security flaw and no indication that any user profiles were misused. The flaw was fixed in an update made in March.
As per Google’s announcement, the affected data is limited to static and may only include name, email, address, gender, age and occupation fields. After this, shares of Alphabet Inc, which owns Google, were down 2.6 percent at $1138.53.
Early this year, Facebook came under the allegations of improper use of data for 87million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which hurt its share and prompted multiple official investigations in Europe and the United States. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, spent two days testifying in congressional hearings about that and other issues.
Although California recently passed a tough new privacy law with some similar requirements to Europe’s framework, after looking at these consecutive data leaks, our privacy is a concern now on social networks.