Google has now decided that the incident shows Google+ APIs and associated controls are too challenging to develop and maintain, so it will shutter the social network over a ten-month period.
The Wall Street Journal says it reviewed an internal memo circulated among Google's legal staff and senior executives that warned of "immediate regulatory interest" and public comparisons to Facebook's user information leak to Cambridge Analytica should the mistake become public. A bug in the API could have allowed outside developers to access the data of 496,951 users who had only opted to share their private profile data with friends. There were no phone numbers, email messages, timeline posts, direct messages or any other type of communication data.
The WSJ report and Google blog both agree that Google discovered the bug in spring of 2018, although the motivation for what happened afterwards differs. Was yours one of those accounts?
Google says that the data of half a million people was compromised, but because they only log data for two weeks, they're unable to say who was impacted. The issue reportedly affected users on the site between 2015 and March 2018.
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According to Smith, the vulnerability didn't rise to the level of requiring a notification.
It remains to be seen if regulators agree.
To save any of the data you shared on your Google+ account, including photos, visit Google Takeout's Download Your Data page, select Google+ (and any other Google products where you'd like an archive of your data). The service will be wound down over the next 10 months, with the ultimate shut-down coming in August 2019. That said, Google had confirmed that the data hasn't been misused. Google has announced that it will be rolling out new features to make it a "secure corporate social network". We've chose to focus on our enterprise efforts and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses.
Moffitt added that consumers should be aware that connecting apps in social media platforms "only increases the amount of valuable information that could potentially be breached, as well as increasing attack vectors that hackers can leverage". In addition, 438 third-party applications may have used the application programming interface, or API, that allowed possible access to the data, according to Google.