On Monday Google has announced that it will shut down Google+. It is a social network platform that has become hugely unpopular in recent years. The main reason giving by Google is that “Significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumer’s expectations” as given by the Project Strobe. Google has informed that the Project Strobe was a “root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data.”
These headlines are circulated over the past few hours. It could be a surprise to Indians, as they are willing to use the service.
Does it raise serious questions whether the data in Google+ are misused?
Google discovered a bug in the API for Google+ that allows third-party app developers to access the data of the users and also of their friends as well as. In order to avoid public revelations company chose not to disclose the leak.
Right after the information about Google+ has leaked. Google has announced it will shut down the consumer access to the Google+ and also promised to improve privacy protections for third-party applications.In a blog post, Google has disclosed the data leak, which has potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts. And up to 438 third-party applications may have access to this private information’s due to this bug.
Ben Smith, The vice-president of engineering defended “We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any profile data was misused.”
He also defended the decision not to disclose the leak, he says “Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice.
”Let’s wait and watch how this data breach situation takes the next turn.
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