Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

In October, Google chose to close Google+ to the public after finding data on 500,000 of its users had been exposed. That could include things like name, email address, and occupation, among other details.

Google+ will still stick around for enterprise use despite this latest round of leaked data, but it's clear that Google is eager to remove consumer access ASAP to avoid any additional slip-ups like this.

Google said the bug was introduced in November during a previous platform update and was live for only six days before its engineers discovered the issue.

Ailing social network Google+ will be shuttered four months earlier than initially intended, after Google found another security bug the affected more than 52 million users. The latest security issue has now sped up that timeline, with plans to kill the consumer version of Google+ for good in April.

Google+ is closing down several months earlier than previously announced. This means that any apps or services that requested permission to view a user's profile information were granted access, even if the account was set to private. But Google says it will still notify affected users about the bug.

Thacker also says user security is the company's top priority, more so than the inconvenience to developers: "We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust..."

Google discovered the privacy-invading glitch following its routine testing procedures. However, the company said there's "no evidence" that any third party compromised Google's systems or misused the data.

"With the discovery of this new bug, we have made a decision to expedite the shutdown of all Google+ APIs [application programming interfaces]; this will occur within the next 90 days", wrote David Thacker, head of product management for G Suite, Google's range of apps offered to businesses. "We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs".

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