Too bad, The search giant Google is set to shut down one of its product Google plus following a glitch that compromised over 500,000 accounts and personal information of users.
According to some online sources, The security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but no one knew about the glitch.
When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields.
As a matter of fact, more than 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially leaked, though Google says it has no evidence the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have had access.
As part of its response to the incident, Google yesterday announced some set of data privacy measures including permanently shutting down Google+ for consumers, citing low user engagement and a software error. Embarrassingly.
However, Google+ users would be allowed to download and migrate their information from now till August 2019 when the platform will be fully shut down.