Google’s social networking platform Google+ will soon be closed down after the organization revealed a bug that left a part of clients’ private information exposed.
The glitch permitted data that the client thought was private but was accessible to outsiders. Google said that about 500,000 clients were affected by the bug yet accentuated that there was no proof that the information had been misused.
“We found no proof that any developer knew about this bug, or mishandling the API, and we found no proof that any Profile data was misused,” Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering Ben Smith wrote in a blog entry.
The declaration comes in the midst of reports that Google knew about the issue since March 2018 yet neglected to report it, fearing “administrative interest”.
“Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, taking a look at the sort of information involved, regardless of whether we could precisely recognize the users to inform, whether there was any proof of misuse and whether there were any activities a developer or user could take accordingly. None of these limits were met in this occasion,” Smith said.
For the time being, the organization said that it will end Google+ for consumers since it had neglected to generate interest. Google+ was launched in 2011 to rival Facebook, however, was not able to match its prominence.
“The customer variant of Google+ as of now has low usage and engagement: 90% of Google+ user sessions are under five seconds,” said Smith.
Social networking applications are progressively experiencing harsh criticism after a series of episodes uncovered security lapses that traded off users’ privacy.
As of late, Facebook was the spotlight after reports emerged that it permitted one of the applications to mine 87 million users’ data. This was later used to skew the public opinion in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Such occurrences have prompted authorities fixing information security rules with Europe introducing the new GDPR regulations.