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The Wall Street Journal was first to report about the Google+ data vulnerability Monday, pointing out in its report that the company chose not to disclose its findings when it first discovered and patched the bug in March.

In weighing whether to disclose the incident, the company considered "whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response, a Google spokesman told WSJ". We do know the affected accounts had their full name, email addresses, birth date, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation, and relationship status exposed.

Though Google allows developers to collect Google+ profile information when granted access by users, a bug gave developers access to the profile data of friends of those users as well, regardless of whether those friends had chosen to share that information publicly.

'It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G suite content, ' Smith explained.

But the decision to shut down Google+ seems largely due to a previously undisclosed security breach that exposed users' profile data. The flaw exposed user data from 2015 until this past March, according to the report.

Google+ was Google's last attempt at creating a Facebook competitor that would put Google on equal footing with the social networking giant in regards to user data and number of users.

It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties. In July, the company was criticized after reports that employees for a third-party email app could read emails if those third-party apps had been integrated with email users' Gmail accounts. Still, outside app makers were not supposed to have access to private profile information.

Microsoft reveals Project xCloud service to stream Xbox games to phones
At E3 2018 in June, head of Xbox Phil Spencer took the Xbox stage to announce Microsoft's plans for streaming-based games . Stream, on the other hand, lets you sign up to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey from your Chrome browser today .

Only an app users select as their default application for calls or texts will be able to request access to this data.

What's more, Google says these apps will have to agree to new rules around handling Gmail data and will be subject to 'security assessments'.

Google admitted in the blog post disclosing the bug that usage of Google+ has dropped off in recent years.

The incident also marks the beginning of the end for Google+, which the company plans to shut down over the next year.

In any case, the conclusion is the same: Google is shutting down the consumer version of Google+, citing challenges in maintaining the service effectively.

The news comes as Silicon Valley companies have been increasingly scrutinized for their data collection practices.

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