Google shuts down Google+ after private user data exposed

https://finance.nine.com.au/2018/10/09/10/20/google-shuts-down-google-plus-private-user-data-exposed-facebook-cambridge-analytica

Google is shutting down its struggling social media platform Google+ after discovering a vulnerability exposing the private data of up to 500,000 users of the platform to third-party apps.

The problem was first discovered in March – around the same time reports emerged that Facebook user data was improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm used by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

But Google decided against disclosing the issue to users because they hadn’t found anyone that had been impacted, the tech giant said in a blog post.

“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,” Google fellow and vice president of engineering Ben Smith said in the blog post.

New rules in California and Europe require companies to disclose a security incident but Google argued that a review by the company’s Privacy & Data Protection Office found there was no reason to disclose.

“Our Privacy & Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, 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. None of these thresholds were met in this instance,” Smith wrote.

“The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers’ expectations. Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we decided to sunset the consumer version of Google+.”

But, a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal, suggests Google executives were concerned by the embarrassment and regulatory scrutiny that would result if they did disclose the incident.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the memo – prepared by Google’s policy and legal teams – warned disclosing the problem could see Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, called to testify in front of Congress similar to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Mr Zuckerberg spent two days testifying in congressional hearings about how Facebook data was gained by Cambridge Analytica and other security issues.

As a result of the breach being made public, Google has said it is shutting down Google+ for consumers after reviewing the platform.

“This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps,” Mr Smith wrote.

“The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.”

The decision to shutter Google+ was part of a broad review of how much user information Google shares with third-party developers.

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they knew..and they hid it from you because you arent worth it to be told..the brand is more important than the users..fuck google..and i dont believe them on this:

“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,” Google fellow and vice president of engineering Ben Smith said in the blog post.”

ha..yeah right..

“a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal, suggests Google executives were concerned by the embarrassment and regulatory scrutiny that would result if they did disclose the incident.”

no shit..

401

~ by seeker401 on October 9, 2018.

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