According to a Monday Wall Street Journal report, Google chose not to disclose the breach to users due to fear of sustaining damage to the company's reputation and incurring more government regulation.
According to Smith, as many as 500,000 accounts could have been affected, and the data exposed could potentially include things such as name, occupation, or age - but not phone numbers or any other information stored on your Google account.
Google immediately fixed the bug and then claimed that it found no evidence that any developer abused the bug and misused Google+ user data. 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.
Google+ was launched in 2011, quickly becoming a failed attempt to compete with Facebook.
"Smith said that despite Google's engineering teams putting in a lot of effort, "[Google+] has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The measures are part of what Google is calling Project Strobe, which is "a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps' data access".
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The Hubble Space Telescope is broken
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Facebook wants to put cameras in users' homes
When you are not video chatting, the display will scroll through your Facebook photos as well as photos you have been tagged in. Facebook partnered with Spotify Premium , Pandora , iHeartRadio , Food Network , and Newsy - and it promised to add more soon.
The bug meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public.
The tech giant announced the news on the company blog, disclosing the compromised user-privacy issue for the first time, despite knowing about it for seven months.
In response to the breach, Google is shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+.
Some of that qualifies as legally protected personally identifiable information, and its exposure could trigger scrutiny from federal and state regulators, including some who have probed Google before on similar issues.
After the security breach in one of the Google+ APIs, Google has not only made a decision to shut down Google+'s consumer version but they are also looking to make major changes in its developer tools to tighten the security. This, combined with the community's extremely low user base-90% of Google+ sessions are under 5 seconds-were enough for Google to be done with it for good.