Google's Leaked Reasons for Not Announcing Mass User Data Breach

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

A Google+ security breach gave outside developers access to the private data of hundreds of thousands of the social network's users between 2015 and March 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Strobe found a sizeable flaw in Google+' APIs, meaning that malicious apps could extract data from profiles, such as name, email addresses, occupation, gender and age.

Google+ was introduced in 2011 as the tech giant's response to the rising social network phenomenon and as a rival to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Up to 496,951 users could have been affected, and up to 438 apps could have accessed the data.

Google+ will shut down for consumers at the end of next August, giving users time to download or transfer their data.

The Google+ vulnerability was discovered at a time that nearly coincided with the notorious privacy leakage scandal of the world's largest social media network Facebook, which has been widely criticized for its failure to protect its users' private data.

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A bug in Google+ exposed the personal data of almost 500,000 people and Google chose not to disclose it out of fears of regulatory pressure.

Besides low usage, Google+ engagement rates are also defeating, with 90-percent of all sessions lasting for under five seconds, according to Alphabet's subsidiary.

This bug helped outside developers to gain access to users personal data.

Meanwhile, Google planned to add new workplace-oriented features to enhance the appeal of Google+ as a "secure corporate social network" to be used inside business operations.

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Google discovered the vulnerability in March but failed to reveal it until Monday night, after reports emerged that it had kept quiet due to fears the bug would draw scrutiny from politicians and regulators.

Despite that, the company plans to keep Google+ operational as an enterprise product, allowing companies to use it as an internal communication platform for employees. That said, Google had confirmed that the data hasn't been misused.

As part of a slew of new security measures, Google is expected to clamp down on the amount of data it provides to outside developers through application programming interfaces (APIs), sources told the Journal. Google has also advised they will remove access to the contact interaction data from the Android Contacts API which allowed apps to show you your most recent contacts, within the next few months.

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