Oops! Google plus is shutting down after seven years. But the reason behind is annoying.
It is going to shut down due to discovered a bug in one of the Google+ People APIs.
Google Plus is an Internet-based social network that is owned and operated by Google. The service, Google’s fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service is defined, it was launched on 28 June 2011.
In the Google blog, Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering said, it might have breached personal data around 500,000 users. Google says the third-party developers were able to grab the data, but they are not sharing which users and developer were involved.
Including Name, age, gender, occupation and Email Id’s were compromised in the security breach. from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Google didn’t disclose the breach when it discovered in March 2018 to avoid regulatory scrutiny and reputation damage.
According to the report, there are 438 applications were accessing the API that compromised the users affected. Google does not found any evidence that any developer was aware of this bug and for any profile data was misused.
So Google has finally taken decision to shutting down its Social Networking service Google plus without fixing the issues.
“Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues. 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, said Google.
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.”