Google Shuts Down Google

Angelica Greene
October 12, 2018

However, many were quick to point out the announcement came after The Wall Street Journal reported the bug and said Google opted not to disclose it to avoid regulatory scrutiny and reputational damages.

The internal memo obtained by the Journal says that while Google has no evidence that outside developers misused, it has no way to know for sure.

App access to user Gmail data will be limited to fewer use cases, Smith said. The project will have Google reviewing third-party developer access to Google accounts, Android device data, and the corresponding apps' data access. That's when Google finally shut the door on the bug. Instead of reporting this to subscribers of the service, Google chose to just let it slide so that it wouldn't be subject to investigation by regulatory agencies.

The tech company revealed the hacked profiles Monday in a statement, and said the glitch was discovered in March amid a review of just how much access third-party developers have to accounts called Project Strobe. Moving forward, Google will only allow apps that specifically enhance email functionality to access the data.

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The vice president of engineering, Ben Smith, confirmed in a 'Safety and Security' blog post that the company had detected a security bug in March that impacted the profiles of close to half a million users and their information. Why did Google hide the security vulnerability? . According to Google, 90% of Google+ user sessions were less than 5 seconds, which is strikingly low compared to other social networks. According to market research company Statista, the Google platform does not feature anywhere in the top 20 list of most famous social media sites based on active users as of July 2018.

Google is shutting down its Google+ social network for consumers after discovering-and, for seven months, not disclosing-a bug that could have exposed private data for up to 500,000 users since 2015.

Google launched the service in 2011 as a challenge to Facebook but noted in its blog post on Monday that Google "has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption".

The Google Plus security blunder could still give the US Congress a reason to enforce tighter laws surrounding data collection.

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