Google Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Google is shutting down its Google+ network early after a bug exposed millions of customers’ private information to app developers.On Monday, Google announced the Google+ shutdown in a blog post, and confirmed that approximately 52.5 million people were impacted by a bug in a November software update. Google discovered the bug during its testing procedures and fixed it within a week to prevent further issues.According to Google, the bug enabled app developers to see Google+ profile information, including names, email addresses, and occupations, that were not publicly shared. App developers accidentally had access to this data for six days, but they weren’t able to view national identification numbers, passwords, or financial information. Google said no third party compromised its systems, and that it hasn’t found evidence of developers misusing the information or being aware of the problem.Due to ongoing privacy issues, Google+ said it will shut down Google+ in April 2019 and that it will shutter all Google+ APIs within the next 90 days. With the Google+ shut down, Google plans to give Google+ users additional tips on how to safely transition off the platform.Google has already alerted customers who were impacted by the Google+ bug, and plans to keep an open investigation on the private information issue.More on Geek.com:This Alexa-Enabled Talking Fish Twerks and Responds to Your VoiceWatch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for YouIntel Falcon8+ Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors Stay on targetlast_img

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