Google slow to report bug that imperiled personal data

Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it

And an internal memo noted that while there wasn't any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn't a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place.

Google also admitted that a privacy bug back in March gave more than 400 third-party applications access to users' names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages without authorization.

In addition to "sunsetting consumer Google+", the company is making changes to APIs on its other services, which will limit the amount of access developers get to data on Android and Gmail.

At one time Google put significant effort into pushing the adoption of Google+, including using its data to personalize search results based on what a user's connections have +1'd.

If there is a silver lining, phone numbers, email messages, timeline photos, direct messages, or any other type of communication data were not exposed, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Google is shutting down its failed social network and authentication system Google+. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan report that Google was anxious about public perception and regulatory scrutiny, and that Google wanted to avoid comparisons with Facebook, which at the time was dealing with its own data privacy scandal.

We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API's log data for only two weeks.

Tanushree Dutta Files Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Nana Patekar
All I have to say is, if something like this happens to any girl, in any industry, she must speak up and take a charge. Patekar has denied the allegations and had sent Dutta a legal notice to withdraw the claims and issue an apology.

The company said the bug was located in the Google+ People API.

The company added that it chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+ due to the significant challenges in creating and maintaining it and its very low usage. The US internet giant said that 90% of Google+ user sessions lasted only five seconds long or less.

Following news of the exposure this week, Google issued a statement claiming they did not notify the public because there was no "evidence of misuse".

David Carroll, a United States professor who sued Cambridge Analytica in the United Kingdom courts to reclaim his data, told The Guardian: "Google is right to be concerned and the shutdown of Google+ shows how disposable things really are in the face of accountability".

Luckily though, if you want to jump ship before Google formally shuts down the social network, there's an easy way to check if you're signed up - and delete your account.

Following this report being published, Google announced that it found the security hole in part thanks to something the company is calling Project Strobe.

Related News:



Most liked

Donald Trump Likes Taylor Swift's Music "25 Percent Less" After Democrat Endorsements
I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.

Mental Health Day: More people seek help, but stigma persists
Only 4 percent of the global health budget is allocated for mental illness in youth and children. Yet, those struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalised, ' Guterres said.

Aaron Ramsey wonder goal for Arsenal, Riyad Mahrez misses penalty
Despite the hot streak, Lacazette insists it is too early to talk of securing a return to the Premier League's top four. Both stars became the first two substitutes in the Premier League to score and assist a goal in a single game.

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice
Some analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution. Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court as his wife Ashley holds the Bible.

A Wider Lens Is Needed to Treat Those With Mental Illness
It's important because struggling with mental health can have a long-lasting negative impact on many other areas of life. According to published figures, one in five of Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.

Bulgaria under pressure to solve reporter's 'horrendous murder'
In October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a vehicle bomb while investigating corruption among Malta's ruling elite. According to the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index , Bulgaria ranks lower than other European Union member.

Nikki Haley resigns from the Trump administration
Republican Congressman Mark Sanford of SC put it bluntly on MSNBC , saying, "Something doesn't smell right, something's weird". Rumor has it that the first daughter is being considered to replace Nikki Haley , and Twitter's not feeling it.

Limo in New York Crash That Killed 20 Failed Inspection Last Month
Three years ago, four women were killed in a limousine on Long Island as they toured wineries when the vehicle was hit by a truck. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. "We were incredibly saddened to learn of this terrible tragedy".

Oh no! Google kills its popular social network
Google says it will give users a 10-month period to transition out of Google +, slated for completion by the end of next August. That breach left the personal information of about 500,000 users exposed, and was caused by a bug on a People API on Google +.

Nikki Haley 'quits' as U.S. ambassador to United Nations
We passed the toughest sanctions against any country in a generation, pressuring North Korea toward denuclearization. The timing of the departure seems abrupt and shocked some of the administration's senior foreign-policy officials.

Chinese state councilor meets U.S. state secretary, calling for win-win cooperation
Pompeo told journalists in Seoul that the leader had agreed to open up the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site to inspectors. The Vatican did not comment on the possibility of a papal visit.

Saints star Brees sets National Football League all-time pass yardage record
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert Brees hugs his family after breaking the National Football League all-time passing record on Monday night. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

Journalist disappearance: Turkey demands Saudis prove Khashoggi left consulate
Khashoggi had entered the consulate to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding, according to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. Turkish authorities have concluded that the Saudi journalist had been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in istanbul .

Kanye West to lunch with Trump at White House on Thursday
West has urged the black community to open their hearts to Trump instead of criticizing the president as a racist. The White House confirmed on Tuesday a New York Times report that West plans to have lunch with the president.

Melania Trump: Talk about my actions, not my fashion
"MATOKE (@its_stanmato) October 6, 2018 " The First Lady was photographed wearing a white pith helmet while on a safari in Kenya. Apparently, the FLOTUS feels "victimized and even bullied at times " when it comes to criticism of her clothing choices.