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Google+ Shutting Down After Bug Leaks Info of 500k Accounts

An internal memo says that disclosing the breach would probably result in "in us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal" and that it "almost guarantees Sundar will testify before Congress".

Despite some news outlets focusing on Google+ shutting down, or on the data exposure itself, BuzzFeed News tech reporter Ryan Mac expressed that the real story was the company's response.

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.

There's no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API.

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In addition to "sunsetting consumer Google+", the company is making changes to APIs on its other services, which will limit the amount of access developers get to data on Android and Gmail. "That means we can not confirm which users were impacted by this bug". (See the full list on our developer site.) It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.

When people found out about it, it made a decision to shut down Google+ in a knee-jerk reaction.

Google exposed the data of hundreds thousands of Google+ users due to a faulty API, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The bug was discovered in March 2018.

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A report from the Wall Street Journal published on Monday explained Google decided not to tell everyone about the security issue because they didn't want to face regulatory scrutiny.

According to The Australian, the Office will be seeking to find out the depth of the breach and how numerous 496,951 users affected by the breach were Australian.

The security flaw existed for three years. Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice.

But in a blog post today, Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering, said the bug allowed third-party apps to also gain access to users' data that was marked private, not just the public data the apps would have normally been allowed to see. "None of those thresholds were met here", he said.

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