Google exposed user data, feared repercussions of disclosing to public

Google to shut down Google+ after users’ data exposed

But as Google slowly stopped rolling out features to Google+ and begin breaking out Google+ features (like Hangouts and Photos) to be their own services, it became clear that Google had lost interest in the service and would be shutting it down soon.

Google's excuse is that it found no evidence of any of the data being misused, however, it also has no way of being sure of that. It's perhaps another case of arrogant Google's do-as-we-say, not-as-we-do approach to technology and life.

But the company did not disclose the vulnerability when it fixed it in March because the company didn't want to invite regulatory scrutiny from lawmakers, according to a report Monday by the Wall Street Journal.

Google is at the centre of controversy this morning over a report of a massive user data breach that occurred a year ago, with the result that they will be introducing finer grain controls to limit access to user data on the web and Android - and also shutdown Google+ for consumers.

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The company says it didn't find any evidence that any of the affected personal information was misused.




Security and privacy experts and financial analysts questioned the decision.

"This has been going on for too long", said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Facebook brought the issue to the forefront in March after its Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a UK-based digital consultancy harvested data on 87 million Facebook users without their permission.

The project launched in 2011 as an alternative to other social networks ended up being a huge failure for the company.

The litigation was brought by campaign group Google You Owe Us, led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd. Some of the users affected included paying G Suite users. Ben Smith, Google's VP of Engineering, disclosed more information about the security issue, and how it was discovered.

The company also debuted a number of new privacy controls, including limiting the apps that can access Gmail, call log, and text messaging data. The API was created to only keep logs for two week periods. Google will continue to make Google+ available to enterprise users. "Companies like Google experience these breaches". An empty chair was left for Google after the committee rejected Google's top lawyer as a witness.

Such moves could strengthen Google by making it harder for competing services to grow off its data, said Chris Messina, a designer who worked on Google+ before leaving in 2013. For example, if a developer requests access to both calendar entries and Drive documents, you will be able to choose to share one but not the other.

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