Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Google+ Is Shutting Down Three Months Early After New Privacy Bug

Google+ Is Shutting Down Three Months Early After New Privacy Bug

The company realized that it still has a place for enterprises, so it will remain a product for those users.

The tech giant announced last October that it would shut down Google Plus due to low usage and cybersecurity challenges, noting that it had patched a bug in March 2018 that had briefly exposed private information of roughly 500,000 users. And now it seems the wind-down of Google+ is becoming equally as nettlesome as Google is now having to shut it down earlier than planned because of yet another data leak. Apparently, a fresh new bug was introduced in Google+ that resulted in developers getting access to data of about 52.5 million users. It's also one of Google's most epic failures.

The latest Google+ security vulnerability affects the People API that enables apps to view public profile information from consenting users.

With respect to this API, apps that requested permission to view profile information that a user had added to their Google+ profile-like their name, email address, occupation, age (full list here)-were granted permission to view profile information about that user even when set to not-public.

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Google discovered the privacy-invading glitch following its routine testing procedures.

We've recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API.

Just as with the original bug that brought the site down, Thacker says the company has no evidence third-party developers misused the bug or were aware it existed.

A little less than two months ago, it was announced that Google+ would be closing its doors to consumers in August 2019 following a three-year-long data breach. It now plans to shut down Google Plus by April 2019 and access to its application programming interfaces (APIs) in the next 90 days. "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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