Google is shutting down Google Plus for consumers

Google shutting down social network Google+ after security bug disclosed

Google has been trying to gain a foothold in social networking for years, going all the way back to the tragically flawed Google Buzz in 2010. Google claims that they didn't tell its users because they believed that without sufficient information on who was hacked, they found it wouldn't be useful to identify the public on the matter.

We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API's log data for only two weeks.

The data involved was limited to optional profile fields, including name, age, gender, occupation and email addresses, and posts, messages or telephone numbers could not be accessed, a spokesperson said.

Google neglected to report the breach to the public, allegedly out of fear that the company would face regulations and damage to its reputation, according to sources and documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Google was hammered again a month later, when the Associated Press revealed the company was tracking users' locations even after they'd turned off their phones' location history setting.

According to a report out this morning, "hundreds of thousands" of users of Google+ had their data exposed to third-party developers back in March.

In any case, the conclusion is the same: Google is shutting down the consumer version of Google+, citing challenges in maintaining the service effectively. As part of that, a bug in Google + was found that could have been a potential leak if it wasn't caught in time.

Google did not specify how long the software flaw existed, or why it waited to announce it. Google+ will be gradually discontinued over the next ten months, with the service being scheduled to completely shut down in late August of 2019.

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In the announcement, Google also announced raft of new security features for Android, Gmail and other Google platforms that it has taken as a result of the bug. "We will share more information in the coming days".

Google has recently been at the center of a number of privacy breaches.

"Over the years we've received feedback that people want to better understand how to control the data they choose to share with apps on Google+". It analyzed third-party developers' access to Google account and Android device data to measure whether permissions were overly broad.

For action 3, this is related to Gmail and is limiting what permissions apps can seek as it relates to Gmail data.

As for Google+, the search giant won't miss it that much because the site never got off the ground with end users.

The news adds to Google's woes and further erodes the narrative that Facebook is the worst offender of the major technology companies on data privacy.

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