More Than 500,000 Google+ Users Had Data Compromised.

Google recently let it be known that their social media network, Google+, was breached.  

The bug left information like a user’s name, email address, occupation, gender and age vulnerable to a breach. The company said it found no evidence the data had been improperly accessed or misused.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the bug and said the company’s top executives kept this incident quiet out of fear of government regulation. The company told the Journal it did not disclose the incident because it could not accurately identify the affected users, could not find evidence of misuse and could not identify actions to be taken by developers or users in response.

Google Kept It A Secret

This vulnerability was open since 2015 but first discovered by Google in March of 2018.  The company chose to keep quiet and instead sat back and watched as Facebook got in trouble for their own data breaches.  

“Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice,” Ben Smith, Google’s vice president of engineering, said in a blog post.

 

Besides admitting the breach Google released that they will not be continuing Google+.

“The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds,” Google said.

Google+ will close down slowly over the next 10 months.  However the Enterprise version of Google+ will remain active.  

 

New Privacy Controls Being Implimented

Google is still trying to look out for their users and have created new privacy controls.  

When a third-party app prompts users for access to their Google account data, clicking “Allow” button approves all requested permissions at once, leaving an opportunity for malicious apps to trick users into giving away powerful permissions.

But now Google has updated its Account Permissions system that asks for each requested permission individually rather than all at once, giving users more control over what type of account data they choose to share with each app. 

 

 

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