Google Plus to close after bug leaks personal information

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The user-facing aspects of the platform will shut down over the next 10 months.

Google is expected to announce the breach on Monday, as well as its plans shut down Google+, according to the Wall Street Journal. What is Project Strobe and how does it relate to this G+ security issue? In other words, things like photos should not have been at risk. Google has since chose to shut down the network for consumers.

The company cited the reason of the closure as the fact that Google+ had failed to achieve "broad consumer or developer adoption". "By giving developers more explicit rules of the road, and helping users control your data, we can ensure that we keep doing just that", reads the blog.

Secondly, access to the Gmail API is going to be limited to only those apps that directly enhance email functionality.

Google is also said to working on improving security elsewhere, including restricting developer access to things such as SMS, call logs, and contact data on Android and add-ons for Gmail.

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What do you need to know from each?

"Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain". That's probably a good thing. For example, Google says that 90 percent of Google+ sessions last less than five seconds.

We have many enterprise customers who are finding great value in using Google+ within their companies.

"Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues", a spokesperson for Google said in a statement provided to CNN Business. That includes details like email addresses, gender, age, images, relationship statuses, places lived and occupations. That's it, according to Google.

Google plans to make announcements in the coming months that provide consumers with additional information such as options to migrate data or download it, the latter likely through Google's Takeout service. The office looks at what data was taken, what affected users need to be informed, if there was any evidence of data abuse, and whether or not users could effectively respond. This method will better secure third party APIs with Google services, allowing for less data to be given to outside applications. For example, if a developer requests access to both calendar entries and Drive documents, you will be able to choose to share one but not the other. This bug could allow a user's installed apps to utilize the API and access non-public information belonging to that user's friends. For timing, these changes will start rolling out right away and continue over many months.

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