Google’s Attempt at Social Media Set to Shut Down in 2019
On December 10th, Google announced it will be accelerating its termination of the widely utilized “Google+”. Through an internal audit, they discovered a security bug that allowed outside app developers to access the personal information of several million Google+ users. This occurred in both October and November, prompting Google to inform its users. In October, up to500,000 users fell victim to compromised accounts. Hackers gained access to information such as email, name, occupation, and other “private” profile information. The company assures users however that the breach did not result in the leak of any financial or national data. More recently in November, the Google team discovered the second privacy lapse, which they said was in effect for around six days the second week of November.
Google’s initial security breach caused discomfort in Washington and with the public because “The Wall Street Journal” reported at the time that Google didn’t disclose it for months because it feared reputational damage and further public scrutiny.
With the new discoveries, the shutdown has been expedited
from August 2019 to April 2019. However, API access will be disabled within 90
days. According to a recent blog post released by Google, “We understand that
our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user
trust,” Google said.
“We have always taken this seriously, and 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