Social Network Google Plus To Shut Down, After Data Leak Of 5 Lakh Users

| October 9 , 2018 , 08:15 IST

Tech giant Google has announced that it will be shutting down its social networking site 'Google Plus' after a technical glitch was identified which compromised accounts and personal information of 5,00,000 of its users, Google announced in a blog post on Monday.

The announcement was made by Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice-President of Engineering, who also said that the company has not been able to confirm which users were affected by the bug.

"We ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API," he said.

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"We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any profile data was misused," Smith said.

The technical bug was identified as a part of the 'Project Strobe' effort started by Google earlier this year, which is a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google accounts and Android device data.

"This project looked at the operation of our privacy controls, platforms where users were not engaging with our APIs because of concerns around data privacy, areas where developers may have been granted overly broad access, and other areas in which our policies should be tightened," Smith said.

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He confirmed that Google Plus would not be shut down immediately, and that the winding down process will take place over a 10-month period.

"To give people a full opportunity to transition, we will implement this wind-down over a 10-month period, slated for completion by the end of next August. Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data," Smith said.

"Going forward, consumers will get more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app. Instead of seeing all requested permissions in a single screen, apps will have to show you each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialogue box," Smith said.