Google shuts down Google

Nichole VegaOct 10, 2018

The Wall Street Journal also claimed Google didn't want to "invite comparisons to Facebook's leak of user information to data firm Cambridge Analytica". And an internal memo noted that while there wasn't any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn't a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place.

However, Google says that there is no evidence that any third-party developers were aware of the bug or abused it.

The Google+ flaw could have allowed 438 external apps to scoop up user names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age without authorization. The decision stems from Project Strobe, an internal effort started earlier this year with the goal of reviewing third-party developer access to Android and Google Account data. There were no phone numbers, email messages, timeline posts, direct messages or any other type of communication data. If you don't see the downgrade page and instead see an upgrade page, you have already deleted your Google+ profile (or didn't have one).

As part of a slew of new security measures, Google is expected to clamp down on the amount of data it provides to outside developers through application programming interfaces (APIs), sources told the Journal.

Google found the issue with their API back in March but chose to ignore it and not report it to the regulatory bodies. "None of these thresholds were met in this instance", the company said.

But though Google is trying to downplay the significance of the incident, it's likely to have bigger repercussions for the company. However, we ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.

App access to user Gmail data will be limited to fewer use cases, Smith said. These include more granular Google Account permissions that'll appear in their own individual dialog boxes and updating the User Data Policy for the consumer Gmail API to limit the apps that can seek permission to your consumer Gmail data. According to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, the vulnerability wasn't disclosed because Google didn't want to be subjected to regulatory scrutiny from lawmakers.

According to Google, 90% of Google+ user sessions were less than 5 seconds, which is strikingly low compared to other social networks.

Google did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment. Now, only apps that fit a particular use case will be able to access these permissions.

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