After Failing To Disclose User Data Leaks, Google Is Shutting Down Google+ And Improving APIs
The following is an excerpt from Mark Wycislik-Wilson | October 8, 2018 | Betanews.com |
The private data of nearly half a million Google+ users was exposed to third-party developers, and Google failed to notify anyone. A bug in Google+ APIs meant that users' names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age were accessible from 2015 until Google discovered and patched the problem in March this year.
Despite the data possibly having been accessed by 438 apps, Google chose not to go public about the security breach until now. And in a dramatic move, the company has announced that it is shutting down Google+ for consumers. Google has also revealed details of Project Strobe, an audit program through which it discovered the problem.
The data breach was revealed by the Wall Street Journal today, and it wasn't long before Google published a detailed blog post outlining its own findings and the action it is taking. Google says that a bug in the Google+ People APIs "meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public".
For more visit: betanews.com