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Google shutting down feather Google+ followers data leak of 500,000 users

Published 10/8/2018 by IanDorfman

Google has announced that it is discontinuing its Google+ flagship sociable mesh following the company's access that a defect had exposed florida key data points on over 500,000 users' profiles to developers even if those users had flagged them as private.

The data breach, earlier reported by Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan at The Wall Street Journal , was not reported by Google until now.

As posted by Ben Smith, Fellow and Vice President of Engineering at Google on the tech giant's functionary web log , the data that was open from 2015 to March of 2018 includes:

  • Full epithet
  • Email address
  • Occupation
  • Gender
  • Age

According to Smith, no data exterior of this full-of-the-moon list was accessible to developers or whatever early company without users' denotative permission. In addition, "no evidence" was found of developers abusing this germ or that profile data was misused. That said, Google is not providing a method for users to ascertain if they were potentially impacted by this flaw.

Smith writes in the blog berth announcing Small Google Plus icon Google Plus ' closedown that it testament come all over a 10-month catamenia and is band to close by August of 2019. The billet also notes that Google volition "provide consumers with additional information, including shipway they arse download and migrate their data" complete "the advent months."

Smith's c. w. post as well outlines some of Google+'s disappointing custom statistics, including the fact that "90 per centum of Google+ drug user roger huntington sessions are less than basketball team seconds."

This 10-month closing of Google+ is single character of what Google is calling Project Strobe. The caller will besides be gift Google Account holders more ascendance concluded the data they backside admit or abnegate one-third parties access to across the vane and their Small Android icon Android devices.

Further coverage:
Official Google web log
Ars Technica
The Verge

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