wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Google to shut Google Plus after failing to disclose user data breach

Google is shutting down its social network Google Plus after it emerged that the company had failed to reveal a breach affecting almost 500,000 users. A bug allowed third-party users and developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015. Google discovered the vulnerability and patched the bug in March, but did not disclose anything to the public or to affected users. The bug also allowed developers to access users' and users' friends' "private only" data. This data is limited to optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age. Key takeaways Google does not know which users and accounts were impacted by the bug, but upto 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. 438 third-party applications potentially used the API. Google did not find that developers knew of the bug, or evidence of user data being misused. The company is shutting down the consumer side of Google+. Note that 90 percent of sessions lasted less than five seconds. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we decided to sunset the consumer version of Google+." Because Google could not find any evidence pertaining to developer access and misuse, it did not make any disclosure to the public. An internal memo from Google says the company did not disclose the breach to the public because it would lead to “us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal," reports Wall Street Journal. The memo…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

I cover health, policy issues such as intermediary liability, data governance, internet shutdowns, and more. Hit me up for tips.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

Studying the 'community' supporting the late Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) shows how Twitter was gamed through organized engagement

News

Do we have an enabling system for the National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) aiming to create a repository of non-personal data?

News

A viewpoint on why the regulation of cryptocurrencies and crypto exchnages under 2019's E-Commerce Rules puts it in a 'grey area'

News

India's IT Rules mandate a GAC to address user 'grievances' , but is re-instatement of content removed by a platform a power it should...

News

There is a need for reconceptualizing personal, non-personal data and the concept of privacy itself for regulators to effectively protect data

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ