Google+ Bug Kept Secret For Months, Social Media Platform To Be Shut Down:- Recently, the company said on Monday that a bug that put at risk the personal data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, a delay that could spark a new round of regulatory and political scrutiny.
Google to Shut down Google plus after User Data Breach:
Chief executive Sunder Pichai was discussed in an internal document that expressed concerns about the company’s reputation and the possibility of increased scrutiny from regulators, said a person familiar with internal deliberations at Google. According to a Google blog post on Monday, Google found and repaired the software bug in March. But the delay until October in revealing the incident could reignite long-standing complaints from federal and state officials that tech giants such as Google are reckless with user privacy and not forthcoming enough when breaches and other security incidents happen.
Google discovered the Google+ security bug in the same month that Silicon Valley rival Face book was facing massive scrutiny over its role in allowing people affiliated with political consultancy Cambridge Analytical to collect data on 87 million users — an incident that led to demands that Face book. Reports of the Google+ security bug re-opened long-standing complaints about how Google handles personal data. Privacy advocate Jeff Chester, of the Centre for Digital Democracy, called the delay in revealing the software bug “a digital cover-up” and said, “Google has demonstrated that it cannot be relied on to protect privacy.
An internal Google company review, called Project Strobe, discovered the bug allowing outside software developers to potentially gain access to personally identifiable information on users, including names, email addresses, ages, occupations and relationship status. But the company has said that other information, such as phone numbers and social media posts, was not put at risk and that it has no evidence that any of the data was improperly collected by outsiders. There is also a risk of increased pressure in Congress. The Democrats have vowed to ratchet up regulation of the technology industry if they retake the House in the midterm elections. Last week, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who represents Silicon Valley, introduced a list of privacy principles he dubbed an “Internet Bill of Rights,” including the right to be informed of the scope of data use.