Google Aware Of Large-Scale Data Breach But Chose Not To Disclose It

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However, Google only keeps the log data of the API in question for two weeks, due to privacy reasons, and therefore "cannot confirm which users were impacted by this bug", Smith added.

Despite some news outlets focusing on Google+ shutting down, or on the data exposure itself, BuzzFeed News tech reporter Ryan Mac expressed that the real story was the company's response.

Google+ may not be the biggest social network - far from it, according to Google - but there are some folks out there that use it, so the news of its shutdown is a bit disappointing for them.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company knew about the issue in March but did not disclose it. Up to 496,951 users could have been affected, and up to 438 apps could have accessed the data.

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The Google+ data leak bug was found as part of "Project Strobe", a root-and-branch review of what data developers could access from Google accounts, and Android devices.

Project Strobe will also lead to Google account holders getting more fine-grained controls over the data they share with apps, which now have overly broad access to user information, Google said.

"We discovered and immediately patched this bug in March 2018", Google said, but the flaw, which has existed since 2015, could potentially affected up to 500,000 Google+ accounts.

The Wall Street Journal cited unidentified sources and an internal memo created by Google's legal and policy staff for upper executives.

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Google can not confirm which users were specifically impacted by this bug. The company has found no evidence that Profile data was misused.

But in a blog post today, Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering, said the bug allowed third-party apps to also gain access to users' data that was marked private, not just the public data the apps would have normally been allowed to see.

Talking more about this software glitch, Google has said that a bug in people's API has allowed applications to access a user's private information including name, email, occupation, gender and age. "Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data", he wrote.

"The Data Protection commission was not aware of this issue and we now need to better understand the details of the breach, including the nature, impact and risk to individuals and we will be seeking information on these issues from Google", it said.

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