According to a report in the Wall Street Journal published Monday lunchtime, a software glitch within Google+ exposed the private profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users to outside developers.
Smith said that when users grant permissions to access SMS, Contacts and Phone data to apps, they do so with specific use cases in mind, again indicating that the present policies have given developers overly broad access to people's information.
The Google Plus flaw could have allowed up to 438 external apps to scoop up user names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages without authorisation.
Smith also announced in the blog post that Google will be launching more granular Google Account permissions and tightening up security permissions accessible via its APIs. If you use the service for work, though, Google+ is not going anywhere.
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"None of these thresholds were met here.", she said. Google is also following from its limiting of Gmail scans by limiting which applications - namely, down to email apps - can do so. There is no suggestion that any credit card or bank information was exposed, but exposing private information about individuals can make them more vulnerable to fraud. "Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice". Google neglected to report the breach to the public, allegedly out of fear that the company would face regulations and damage to its reputation, according to sources and documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
Google+ was, of course, Google's response to Facebook that never quite caught on with consumers. The company stated in its post that there was no evidence "that any developer was aware of this bug, or. that any Profile data was misused". Y'know...other than users' data, and consumer trust. "We chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", the company said in the post.
When you hit that, Google will let you know what you're about to do and give you options to get more details about the implications of deleting your account.
Android data access is being restricted to app developers. Google further said that the enterprise version of Google+ will continue. They were not able to confirm which users were impacted by this but from detailed analysis, they found out that upto 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.