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

NewsGeneralRead Google+ shutting down four months early following latest data leak
By Robin Leigh Chetty

Google also said its systems were not compromised and had no evidence that developers with profile information access were either aware of it or abused it. Nevertheless, the powers that be have apparently concluded that the site is more trouble than it's worth - and they're probably right, given the scrutiny Google is under. Of course, Google+'s "low usage" also played a part in the decision to wrap things up for the social network as well. It's estimated that upwards of 52 million users were affected by this leak.

"With the discovery of this new bug, we have chose to expedite the shutdown of all Google+ APIs [application programming interfaces]; this will occur within the next 90 days", wrote David Thacker, head of product management for G Suite, Google's range of apps offered to businesses.

No one was surprised when Google announced its plans to shut down Google+ by August 2019.

Back in October, Google confirmed that a security bug impacted users of its social network, Google+.

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

Google fixed the bug a week after it was discovered, and the company has found no evidence that third-party apps were taking advantage of it.

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I'm not sure when that will be. "If you need us to get you some help off the field, we're going to do that'". I hope at some point he's able to come back to the National Football League.

"We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust", David Thacker, vice president of product management for Google's G Suite products, said in a blog post.

Google announced that it will shut down all Google Plus APIs within the next 90 days and that consumer Google Plus accounts now have until April 2019 before it is shut down, moved up from the original August 2019 date.

Google said that no passwords, financial data or national identification numbers were exposed.

Google says the new bug, which was live for six days in November, allowed apps with access to a user's Google+ profile data to view information like a user's name, email address, occupation and age.

Of course, this is all just for the consumer version of Google+.

Regardless, Google notified impacted users and enterprise customers.

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