Google has stated it could shut down Google Plus, the firm’s social media platform, after it found a security vulnerability that exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 customers of the service.
In a blogpost by Google on Monday, when the firm’s technical employees found the bug in March, they determined in opposition to disclosing the concern to customers as a result of they hadn’t discovered anybody that had been affected.
In the weblog put up, Google stated its “Privateness & Data Safety Workplace” determined the firm was not required to report the security concern. Google checked out the “kind of data concerned, whether or not we might precisely establish the customers to inform, whether or not there was any proof of misuse, and whether or not there have been any actions a developer or consumer might absorb response. None of these thresholds have been met on this occasion,” wrote Ben Smith, a Google vice chairman of engineering..
Up to 438 purposes could have had entry to the vulnerability, however Google stated it had discovered no proof that exterior builders have been conscious of the security flaw and no indication that any consumer profiles have been misused.
The incident might face further scrutiny as a result of of a memo to senior executives reportedly ready by Google’s coverage and authorized groups that warned of embarrassment for Google comparable to what occurred to Fb earlier this yr if it went public with the vulnerability.
The choice to shut down Google Plus was half of a broad evaluation of how a lot consumer info Google shares with third-party builders. Google, a unit of Alphabet, additionally stated it’s limiting the apps that may work with Gmail, the firm’s electronic mail service, and constraining the quantity of data that builders can entry by means of Android, Google’s smartphone software program.