It seems that Google wants to compete against Facebook to see who has more security flaws and affects the privacy of its users. In early October, Google confirmed the closure of Google+ after discovering a vulnerability that exposed the personal data of “hundreds of thousands of users” who used the platform between 2015 and March 2018. Given this, the company reported that Google+ would reach its end in August 2019.
Today, said closure is ahead of April 2019 , as Google discovered a new ruling that would have affected the personal information of 52.5 million people.
Google+ is becoming a big problem for Google
According to a new statement , Google discovered an error in the Google+ API that will make the social network die sooner than we thought. Within this, it also includes the final closure of all APIs of Google+ , which will end up affecting all developers who still have applications connected to this network. The closing of the APIs will take place in the next 90 days.
“While we recognize that there are implications for developers, we want to guarantee the protection of our users.”David Thacker , vice president of products for G Suite
After this new security hole discovered in November this year, Google says that “some users” (52.5 million to be exact) were affected, since some developers, applications and external agents could have access to personal information of said users , this despite the fact that people had their profile set as private.
The exposed data would have been the following: name, gender, abilities, birthday, email address, occupation, age and the complete list of contacts with their respective emails and names. According to Google, this vulnerability was only present for six days , and during this time they have no proof that any developer has taken advantage of it to extract the data from the users.
Google will begin to inform affected users , including some business customers, to take action and be alert in case of any unusual activity in the rest of their social profiles. Despite all this, Google mentions that it continues with its plans to have a Google+ version for companies.
“We have always taken this seriously, and will continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine the internal review processes, creating powerful data controls and collaborating with users, researchers and policy makers to obtain feedback and improve our programs. We will never stop our work to create privacy protections that work for everyone. “