The bug: This had been around since 2015 and was found in code that lets third-party app developers access publicly available Google+ profile data about a user and their connections, so long as the user gives permission.

The company said it had considered whether or not it could accurately identify which users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. It said it would add "more granular" screens for granting permission to access data, and was adding new limits to the data that third-party apps can use.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ireland's data protection regulator said it would seek more information from Google regarding the breach.


But it's not doing so exclusively out of concern for users' privacy: Smith admitted the network is not a success, saying "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

Google says the were able to discover and immediately patch this bug in March of this year.

Facebook has been under heavy scrutiny about its privacy policy after a British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of illegally accessing the data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

"Had this breach occurred just a few months later, Google could be subject to strict GDPR fines for not keeping user data safe". The decision comes after a Wall Street Journal report today revealed that the tech giant had been hiding the news of a massive security breach on the platform.


Pichai has agreed to testify before Congress in the coming weeks. But people absolutely do not agree to whatever arrangements those companies make with outside parties to pass along personal information or data.

When Google+ launched in 2011, it was envisioned as a possible rival to Facebook, The Associated Press reported. An internal review called Project Strobe discovered a bug in one of the site's APIs which granted access to information on a users' profile which hadn't been marked as public.

Google+ may not be the biggest social network - far from it, according to Google - but there are some folks out there that use it, so the news of its shutdown is a bit disappointing for them.


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