In response to the breach, Google is shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+.
"'We have many enterprise customers who are finding great value in using Google+ within their companies", the internet firm said.
Google+ usage among consumers is so abysmal that it's not worth the headache of revamping its security model.
Google has been moving away from Google+ for a while, with the company launching new features for its core search engine where popular individuals, like celebrities, are able to directly post updates within search results. Google explained that there was indeed a glitch that could allow developers to access private profile information, including a user's name, email address, occupation, gender, age, and profile photo.
The Wall Street Journal says it reviewed an internal memo circulated among Google's legal staff and senior executives that warned of "immediate regulatory interest" and public comparisons to Facebook's user information leak to Cambridge Analytica should the mistake become public.
Google said it discovered the bug as part of an internal audit called Project Strobe, which was initiated earlier this year. Google has since chose to shut down the network for consumers. Furthermore, Goole even decided not to disclose this bug to the public as it feared Repercussions. Over the course of this slow shutdown, they'll let you know of ways to download and migrate your data from it.
Google will take the next 10 months to kill off G+ for consumers, finishing it off by August of 2019. It analyzed third-party developers' access to Google account and Android device data to measure whether permissions were overly broad.
Many have long suspected that Google+ was in its final days, but nearly no-one could have predicted it would end like this.
For action 3, this is related to Gmail and is limiting what permissions apps can seek as it relates to Gmail data. In a blog post published right after the WSJ's report, Google confirmed that it is shutting down Google+, as well as confirming a number of the details from the WSJ report. To make sure something like this Google+ leak doesn't happen again, this new initiative is set out to protect user's privacy and limit the amount of data developers have access to across the web and Android.
What's probably more interesting to most users is that the advertising giant opted to not disclose the issue.
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