Google Plus Shutdown
In March, 2018, Google discovered that personal information belonging to as many as 500,000 Google+ users had been exposed. They did not relay this discovery to the general public until October of 2018! Google+ is Google’s attempt at social media marketing that never did rise to the popularity of Facebook. The service never rallied much of a following or seriously challenged the top player in social networking.
Google’s blog on October 8, 2018 addressed this breach stating: “At the beginning of this year, we started an effort called Project Strobe—a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps’ data access…. 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."
Because Google discovered the flaw in March, it wasn’t subject to Europe’s new data protection (GDPR), which came into effect in May. GDPR requires companies to inform users of possible data breaches within 72 hours of uncovering them. The US doesn’t yet have a federal data breach law and it’s unclear if Google had an obligation to reveal the bug under any state laws.
Google announced in October, 2018 that it would shut off consumer access to Google+ and improve privacy protections for third-party applications (a corporate version will presumably continue to run). If you have a link to Google+, this might be a good time to remove that link.
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