Google exposed data for hundreds of thousands of users


Alphabet shares fell 2.3 percent to $1,140 at 1:14 NY, after earlier dropping to $1,136.50, the lowest intraday price since July 5. We do know the affected accounts had their full name, email addresses, birth date, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation, and relationship status exposed. (There are some exceptions-e.g., voicemail and backup apps.) Developers can find more details in the Google Play Developer Policy Center and in the Help Center.

Although the bug was discovered many months ago, Google didn't disclose it right away.

But the decision to shut down Google+ seems largely due to a previously undisclosed security breach that exposed users' profile data. In the aftermath of what appears to have been a major security flaw within Google+, the company ended up not disclosing the breach of information to its users.

In a blog post, the company revealed it discovered the leak and patched it in March.

USA lawmakers are concerned that the big tech companies have come under scrutiny for a variety of reasons in recent years.

When Google+ first launched back in 2011, it was actually somewhat popular, and this is because it was a Google social network.

On the other hand, of course, Google's Project Zero team publicly skewers organizations and projects that fall short in terms of security, calling out vulnerabilities in products whether they were actively exploited or not. Google will also work with developers to give them time to adjust the required permissions for apps and services that will be affected by the changes.

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Finally, app access to Call Logs and SMS on Android are going to be limited moving forward.

The firm is also ending access to contact interaction data on Android devices. Even so, many users still technically have a profile that has personal information on it. Google will shut it down over the next 10 months for consumers, but keep a version built for businesses open and operating.

Only email clients, email backup services and productivity services will be able to access this data.

Shortly after the story was published, Google announced that it will shut down consumer access to Google+ and improve privacy protections for third-party applications.

Google goes "beyond legal requirements" and applies "several criteria focused on our users" when deciding whether to provide notice, a spokesperson said in a statement. The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds. The shutdown of Google+ won't happen immediately but will instead be a "wind-down" that ends in August 2019.

What's probably more interesting to most users is that the advertising giant opted to not disclose the issue.