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Google announces plans to close Google

Google announces plans to close Google

In an unexpected blog posted today, Google revealed it was closing the rather unpopular social network Google+. Google said it immediately fixed the security flaw and had not uncovered evidence that the information was mishandled by any of hundreds of third-party developers that may have had access to the user data.

Google said it hasn't yet found any evidence that the data obtained as a result of the bug was misused.

Google will continue to operate Google+ as an enterprise product for companies. 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.

According to Google, data that may have potentially been disclosed only includes "static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age".

Google opted not to disclose the issue partly due to fears of regulatory scrutiny, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources and internal documents. Google says that "only apps directly enhancing email functionality-such as email clients, email backup services and productivity services", will be given authorization.

This issue has existed 2015 until Google found out about it in March 2018 and made a decision to fix it. Google then had a choice to inform its users but chose not to because it wasn't legally required to and secondly, because it would draw regulatory attention towards itself.

It was explained that the consumer version of Google+ has low usage and engagement with 90 per cent of user sessions lasting less than five seconds. The Google+ bug that's been discovered and disclosed was located in the Google+ People API. It's worth noting that Microsoft also has several active Google+ communities dedicated to its most popular Android apps such as the Microsoft Launcher, and it's not clear yet what will happen to them.

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Over the coming months, Google will update users with additional information, including ways to download and migrate data.

Action 2: We are launching more granular Google Account permissions that will show in individual dialog boxes. Google and Apple are both now giving users more control over their data and the ability to limit what third parties can access.

The private data of almost half a million Google+ users was exposed to third-party developers, and Google failed to notify anyone.

The internet giant found the flaw in March during an extensive privacy and security review, Ben Smith, Google vice president of engineering, said in the statement.

Apps will be required to inform users what data they will have access to.

Google is also making some changes to its Gmail API and is limiting Android apps that request to receive Call Log and SMS permissions.


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