Google said that the company is going to shut down the consumer version of Google+ (Google Plus) due to a security issue that exposed the data of about 500,000 consumers. This data breach causes the closing of the long-struggling social media platform. The data breach issue was detected in March 2018, but Google did not tell its users about this bug.
Google Plus is launched in 2011 by Google as a competitor of Facebook but due to low usage and engagement company is going to shut down the service for public users. However, the services are still active for its enterprise customers who are using it to communicate with co-workers.
Google found and fixed the bug back in March, but the news is leaked and spreading vastly caused the damage. German privacy controllers in Germany and the US are now planning to take a legal action, and previous SEC authorities are freely hypothesizing about what Google may have fouled up.
The problem also not seems to be very small in scope, and the main reason for the issues was a specific developer API that could be used to see the private information. But, there’s no clear evidence to see that whether it was used to see the sensitive data or not, even this was not cleared yet that how much private data was there to see.
It’s not a crime for Google but as the company is covering this serious issue from its users rather informing them, which makes it critical for Google. This recent issue also forced Google to update the User Data Policy of Gmail’s consumer version service, which limits apps to access the user data.
So, let’s see how Google is handling this, because it doesn’t matter whether the breach was small or big, but such vulnerability like this is enough to lose the users trust.
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