Google is shutting down Google Plus After Half a Million Users was Exposed

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Google Plus to Shut Down

On Monday Google said that it would shut down Google Plus following massive data exposure of some of its users. The giant company discovered a bug in one of Google plus People APIs. They discovered a bug in people APIs that allowed apps access to data from Google plus profiles that were not marked as public.

This included static data fields such as name, email, occupation, gender, and age. Although the bug was patched in March 2018, Google didn’t inform the Google+ users about the bug. Recently, The company revealed in a blog post saying: “We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API’s log data for only two weeks. The company also said, “That means we cannot confirm which users were impacted by this bug.”

The news has been confirmed through the company that it is only the Google plus for consumer that will be shut down. We heard a report from our source that the google plus for Enterprise users will still be available. The company has made the decision that Google plus is better as an internal social network for companies. Google said new Enterprise-focused products for Google + will be announced in Future.

The company has announced new privacy adjustments for other Google service. The API changes will limit developers access to data on Android Device and Gmails. Google new privacy adjustment will not give developers the access to call log and SMS permission on Android Device. Contact interaction data will not be available via the Android Contacts API.

The Vice President of engineering Ben Smith writes in a post: “Only apps directly enhancing email functionality — such as email clients, email backup services and productivity services (e.g., CRM and mail merge services) — will be authorized to access this data.

 

 

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