As another Google+ API bug surfaces, Google expedites impending shutdown

As another Google+ API bug surfaces, Google expedites impending shutdown

As another Google+ API bug surfaces, Google expedites impending shutdown

The social network itself will now shut down in April instead of August.

With respect to this API, apps that requested permission to view profile information that a user had added to their Google+ profile - like their name, email address, occupation, age - were granted permission to view profile information about that user even when set to not-public.

"No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the developers who inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way", said David Thacker, Google's vice president of product management.

This latest admission comes a day before Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai appears in Washington to face a Congressional committee.

The company was originally going to shut the service down in August of 2019, but in light of this latest API bug, Google has made a decision to expedite the shutdown process and wrap things up in April 2019.

We have confirmed that the bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API.

We already knew that Google+ is closing down, but following the discovery of a second data leak, Google has announced that it is bringing the closure forward.

According to an incident report published by Google earlier today, this second bug resided in the Google+ People API endpoint that apps and developers used to get information about user profiles. While a version intended for team collaboration within the enterprise would persist, the public Google+ would be shut down. Google will be notifying registered users about the change, and given them information on how to extract any data they might want to keep. Even though there was no evidence that anyone took advantage of the API bug, Google decided it would be as good a time as ever to shut down the mostly-dead social network. Monday's post didn't say how numerous affected users were consumers versus enterprise customers. At the time, it said profile data from up to 500,000 users might have been exposed to partner apps by a bug that was present for more than two years.

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