The company realized that it still has a place for enterprises, so it will remain a product for those users. The vulnerability possibly exposed profile information like names, email addresses, occupations, and ages to developers.
Google+ will still stick around for enterprise use despite this latest round of leaked data, but it's clear that Google is eager to remove consumer access ASAP to avoid any additional slip-ups like this.
Google admitted users' data had been exposed for six days following a software update in November.
Ailing social network Google+ will be shuttered four months earlier than initially intended, after Google found another security bug the affected more than 52 million users.
Back in October, Google admitted that it identified a sizable issue with one of the Google+ APIs.
Google+ has always been the butt of jokes for being a failed social network that few people used. Apps could also access the aforementioned profile information that was shared with another user but was not shared publicly.
1 dead, 310K without power after powerful winter storm slams Southeast
More than 12 inches of snow will fall Sunday in the southern and central Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. Power companies are forecasting massive storm-related power outages, and airlines have preemptively canceled flights.
Marlboro owner Altria invests $1.8 billion in cannabis company Cronos
Meanwhile, Molson Coors launched a joint venture called Truss with Quebec-based cannabis producer Hexo Corp.in October. Coca-Cola (KO) was rumored to be considering an investment in Canadian cannabis company Aurora ( ACB ).
ECG Functionality Comes to Apple Watch
In the meantime, Series 4 users can only stare at the ECG hardware on their Apple Watch , and hope the feature comes soon. This has been enabled today via the watchOS 5.1.2 software update so the Cupertino outfit upheld its end of the bargain.
Google discovered the privacy-invading glitch following its routine testing procedures.
Google will now also be closing down the Google+ APIs earlier than previously planned - in just 90 days. At the time, it said profile data from up to 500,000 users might have been exposed to partner apps by a bug that was present for more than two years.
"No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the developers who inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way", Google wrote.
Google said the bug allowed apps -which were granted permission to view Google+ profile data- to incorrectly receive permission to view profile information that the user had set to "not-public". "We continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs".