Google+ To Close After Exposing User Data

A software glitch in Google+  gave outside developers access to private Google+ profile data for more than 2 years. With this bug, they possibly exposed data including the names, email addresses, birth dates, profile photos, and gender of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts.

A memo prepared by Google and seen by the Wall Street Journal shows that leadership was concerned about causing a potential privacy scandal. The memo allegedly warned senior executives that news of the bug would cause “immediate regulatory interest” and draw comparisons to Facebook’s data scandal.

Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was briefed on the plan not to notify users after an internal committee had reached that decision.

The closure of Google+ is part of a broader review of privacy practices by Google that has determined the company needs tighter controls on several major products.


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