Shares of Alphabet Inc fell by about 1 percent in response to the story.
According to the WSJ (Via Engadget), a software vulnerability gave external developers on Google+ access to private Google+ user data for years; between 2015 and 2018. To make matters worse, Google decided not to share knowledge of the data breach when it was discovered in March.
The company said in a blog on Monday it had discovered and patched the leak in March of this year and had no evidence of misuse of user data or that any developer was aware or had exploited the vulnerability. The company has said it hasn't found any evidence that the exposed data was misused or inappropriately accessed by any third party.
Google+ has always been the joke of social networks; the one that people point and laugh at when discussing the number of people who log in every day.
"Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network", Smith says.
It also announced other security features. However, it's possible that data were abused and Google just doesn't know about it yet. This should translate to only your default phone and texting apps having access to your call and SMS data. Users have to provide "explicit permission" in order for them to gain access to it.
To increase the active user base Google interlinked Google+ with other services like Gmail and Youtube, but that didn't work out. Contact interaction data will no longer be available via the Android Contacts API either. The error allowed the details of nearly 500,000 people to be accessed by the applications, even when they had demanded that they keep their data private.
Google says the consumer version of the Google+ will be shuttered by next August, though companies may still use a different version. According to the Journal, Google's legal team said in a memo that news of the breach would result in "immediate regulatory interest". So, Google is shutting it down consumer access to G+.
"The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", said Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View in northern California, Xinhua reported. We've made a decision to focus on our enterprise efforts and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses.
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