Google’s social networking subsidiary Google Plus is about to shutdown as mentioned on Google blog as an aftermath of a recently detected bug that could possibly leak the data of around 5 lakh Google Plus users and was present in the system since two years.
Google had detected a bug in the Google Plus network earlier this year and they had patched the leak in March 2018 since no any evidence of misuse of user data data was found. Since no any developers were aware of that bug, there no chance of exploitation of the data. Furthermore, Google claims to have reviewed the issue, inspected what type of data was involved in it, whether that data could exactly identify a specific person, whether there was any evidence of misuse of that data or not.
Concluding the issue, Google had stated that , “We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API (Application Program Interface), and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused”. However, under the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) policy, if personal data and privacy of any user is breached, the company needs to inform about it to the supervisory authority within 72 hours unless the data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedom of the users – which Google failed to do.
Months after the problem was detected, Google announced today on its blog that the social network Google Plus might soon get shutdown due to the bug that could jeopardize data of five lakh users like – Google Plus profile’s name, email, address, occupation, gender, and age. The bug could allow external developers get access to the Google Plus profiles’ data, which breaches the privacy protocol. In fact, this bug has been present in the system since two years and was generated between the years 2015 and 2018 when major redesign of the Google Plus platform happened. The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai was not likely to inform about it to the users, but the internal committee reached to the decision closing the platform.