Google to Shutter Google+ After Massive User Data Breach

By Anna Breuer on 8 October 2018
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Search giant Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users last spring and then failed to disclose what happened.

The story was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The issue centers on the Google+ social network, Google’s attempt to compete with Facebook at the start of the decade.  The company failed to disclose the possible breach over concerns how the incident would impact its reputation.

Google reportedly blamed the problem, which allowed developers access to user data between 2015 and March 2018, on a “software glitch.”  The company said it found no misuse of the data, which may have helped it make the decision to not notify users.

As part of the fallout, Google said it will shut down Google+ and review security practices at several others units of the company.

“Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice,” a Google spokesman said in a statement.

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