Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Google shuts down Google

Google exposed user data, chose not to tell public - WSJ Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it
Mandy Jefferson | 10 October, 2018, 02:17

"They may choose not to disclose vulnerabilities that they are not legally required to report in order to avoid scrutiny or fines".

Despite the social network closing down, you can still take action.

Google is also making some changes to its Gmail API and is limiting Android apps that request to receive Call Log and SMS permissions.

Webroot senior threat research analyst Tyler Moffitt says, "Although it seems that Google has shut down an entire line of business due to this breach, from a GDPR perspective, the company appears to have gotten off lightly".

The Google+ flaw could have allowed 438 external apps to scoop up user names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age without authorization. Uber kept a 2016 data breach secret, and that just resulted in a $148 million fine. The company has found no evidence that Profile data was misused.

Google+ API's log data is only for kept two weeks, so it can not confirm which users were impacted by this bug. 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.

The decision comes after a Wall Street Journal report today revealed that the tech giant had been hiding the news of a massive security breach on the platform.

Lunch: Pakistan off to a great start against Australia on day one
The Test series will be followed by a three-match T20I series (Abu Dhabi, October 24, and Dubai , October 26 and October 28). Australia negotiated the 13 overs and were 30/0 at stumps with Usman Khawaja not out on 17 and Aaron Finch batting on 13.


It also announced other security features. Somehow, the intimate data of the first user would be included in the collection profile. According to their reporting, an internal committee at Google decided not to disclose the bug even though they were not 100% sure that it was not abused.

"Only apps directly enhancing email functionality - such as email clients, email backup services and productivity services (e.g., CRM and mail merge services) - will be authorised to access this data", Smith added.

It seems Google agrees. If you don't see the downgrade page and instead see an upgrade page, you have already deleted your Google+ profile (or didn't have one).

The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations.

"Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network", Smith says. Google+ will be gradually discontinued over the next ten months, with the service being scheduled to completely shut down in late August of 2019.

Google has thus far been able to defer much of the criticism to Facebook and Twitter, but the Google+ bug may thrust it further into the spotlight.

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