Over 50 Million Users Affected

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

The post also said that Google is notifying affected enterprise customers by contacting administrators and sending them a list of affected users.

Google discovered its earlier Google+ security bug in March, the same month that Silicon Valley rival Facebook was facing scrutiny over its role in allowing people affiliated with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to collect data on 87 million users. Google signed a consent decree with the FTC in 2011 to settle allegations that an earlier social media platform, Google Buzz, mishandled user data. Google+ was slated for closure (to consumers) in August 2019, but unfortunately for the platform's remaining users, Google has bumped that date up by four months to April.

Whoever's doing that might want to do it fast - there's no telling when the next security bug will come along and force Google to accelerate the shutdown even more.

The latest breach allowed developers to see profile information on 52.5 million users, even if set to private, using one of Google's APIs for six days in November, the company said.

The company was originally going to shut the service down in August of 2019, but in light of this latest API bug, Google has chose to expedite the shutdown process and wrap things up in April 2019. All of the Google+ APIs will be shuttered in the next 90 days, while the site itself will close in April 2019. The update that contained the bug impacted the Google Plus API, and it was discovered through regular testing and resolved within a week of its reveal, according to Google. However, the company said there's "no evidence" that any third party compromised Google's systems or misused the data.

Thacker also says user security is the company's top priority, more so than the inconvenience to developers: "We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust..." "We continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Second Aide To Meghan Markle Quitting As Rumours Swirl About ‘Duchess Difficult’
Dec 11, 2018 - 01:45
So far, the palace has remained tight-lipped apart from its denial of a feud between Kate and Meghan over the treatment of staff. The Princess of Wales is pleased with the royal couple's new home, and she reminded them not to worry.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla CEO says company could purchase some shuttered GM plants
Dec 11, 2018 - 00:56
Tesla rose slightly in US premarket trading, gaining 0.4 percent to $359.30. "I actually just prefer to have no titles at all". Musk acknowledged that he was "somewhat impulsive", adding that he "didn't really want to try to adhere to some CEO template".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Watch SpaceX Launch Supplies to the ISS Astronauts
Dec 09, 2018 - 14:43
The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage will attempt a landing at SpaceX's site along the coast, Landing Zone 1. Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Carolina Democrat Drops Concession Amid Probe
Dec 09, 2018 - 14:42
Usually, those witnesses are family members or friends and ballots are not supposed to be handled by a third party. Dowless, who told the Charlotte Observer that he did not commit any wrongdoing, declined to comment Thursday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Moment French Police Use Tear Gas On Yellow Vest Protesters In Paris
Dec 09, 2018 - 14:12
Macron's decision early in his presidency to slash taxes on France's wealthiest is particularly unpopular with the protesters. But the "yellow vests", some of whom who have become increasingly radicalised , are holding out for more.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Netanyahu Calls for Int’l Action against Hezbollah as UNIFIL Confirms Border Tunnel
Dec 09, 2018 - 12:39
We are dealing with that with other means including exposing the nuclear archive and the secret nuclear warehouse in Tehran. Jonathan Conricus said there were other sites where the military believed Hezbollah had dug tunnels into Israeli territory.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Spotted In Udaipur, Hillary Clinton. It's Isha Ambani's Pre-Wedding Bash
Dec 09, 2018 - 12:17
Anyway, coming back to the pic, Priyanka dazzled in a shimmery silver and while saree as at the sangeet ceremony last night. Award-winning Indian singers and composers Amit Trivedi and Shankar Mahadevan will also belt out their chartbusters.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pak must implement announcements expeditiously: MEA on Kartarpur corridor
Dec 09, 2018 - 09:21
He also said his government did get some money from the UAE and China but the governments want to keep the amount confidential. Both India and Pakistan gave the green signal to the much-awaited Kartarpur Corridor last month.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 1st Test: Pujara's ton helps India reach 250/9 vs Australia
Dec 07, 2018 - 12:26
However, they will be slightly disappointed to have let India off the hook after once having them on the back-foot on 86 for five. Despite India's all-round bowling performance, Chappell was left most impressed by the performance of Ravichandran Ashwin .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Network outages affect millions of mobile customers in the United Kingdom and Japan
Dec 07, 2018 - 11:31
Work is now ongoing to fix the fault and customers are being encouraged to use wi-fi where possible. SoftBank and other telecom operators have been using the Ericsson software since nine months.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India Condemns Terror Attack In Iran's Chabahar
Dec 07, 2018 - 11:17
A year ago the group claimed responsibilty for a blast at an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province. It hosts the operation of a joint port project between Iran and India .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New York Islanders Early Seattle Expansion Protection List
Dec 07, 2018 - 10:15
An ownership group that includes film producer Jerry Bruckheimer will pay a $650m (£511m) expansion fee to join the league. The NHL Board of Governors is meeting to give final approval to Seattle's bid to add the league's 32nd team.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top When Will the Golden Globes Air in 2019?
Dec 07, 2018 - 02:59
This time around, its only nod went to Donald Glover, who was recognized in the best comedic actor category . So were Better Call Saul, Black-ish, Maniac , and The Little Drummer Girl .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pep Guardiola: What I Told My Players After Win Over Watford
Dec 06, 2018 - 09:28
However, they had to withstand a nervy finish after Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled home five minutes from time. We were much the better side, we deserved to win but you have to kill.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lame-duck session bills approved, sent to Walker
Dec 06, 2018 - 08:45
A GOP measure that included lifetime coverage caps was rejected by Senate Democrats and a pair of Republicans early Wednesday. As the votes neared, legislative leaders began to let the mask slip about the true intention of their legislation.