Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Google shuts down Google

Google shuts down Google

Google said it had reviewed the issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether it could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take.

Facebook's chief operating officer and Twitter's chief executive testified at the hearing, where an empty chair was pointedly left for Google after the committee rejected Google's top lawyer as a witness.

The tech giant announced the news on the company blog, disclosing the compromised user-privacy issue for the first time, despite knowing about it for seven months.

The information exposed in the Google+ data breach included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation, and relationship status. Others include limiting what sorts of data that can be collected per transaction when users share their Gmail accounts and phone numbers. The bug is said to have affected as many as 500,000 accounts, though the company says it found "no evidence" that any data was actually misused.

"We discovered and immediately patched this bug in March 2018". Sorry, there's no way to tell. However, he added that the API's log data is only kept for only two weeks and analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API.

According to Smith, the vulnerability didn't rise to the level of requiring a notification.

Reports of the Google+ security bug reopened long-standing complaints about how Google handles personal data.

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It remains to be seen if regulators agree. As a result, all European Union data protection authorities have jurisdiction to engage with Google on the breach.

Low usage combined with the security challenges mean Google will wind down Google+ over the next 10 months, although it will continue to provide the service to businesses.

Given the potential for abuse, and the fact that nearly no one is using Google+, Alphabet opted to take the path of least resistance and yank the doddering network off life support.

The reason that the company has made a decision to finally put the nail to the coffin on the largely unpopular social network is due to privacy issues.

"Enterprise customers can set common access rules, and use central controls, for their entire organization", Smith assured. "One of the many things that worries me is the overall privacy and security of the platforms that know us the best, the ones we use every day".

"The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", said Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View in northern California, Xinhua reported.

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