Irish data regulator seeks information from Google on security bug

Google exposed user data, chose not to tell public - WSJ

Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it

For Google, a data privacy reckoning may finally come as a result of a service that it admits nearly no one uses much anymore.

Along with this, Google will also force app developers to provide more detailed explanations of what it intends to do with your Google Account if it's requesting access to it. Google explained that there was indeed a glitch that could allow developers to access private profile information, including a user's name, email address, occupation, gender, age, and profile photo.

Unfortunately, whether you've forgotten about it or not, if you have a Google+ account, your data may have been put at risk.

The company said it determined its course of action based on the data involved in the breach, lack of evidence of misuse and challenges in accurately determining which users to inform.

Google who has now gone public with the data exposure wrote in a blog post that they found no evidence of data misuse.

Writing in a blog post Monday, Google attempted to downplay the incident, saying it hasn't found any signs that the bug was exploited. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan report that Google was anxious about public perception and regulatory scrutiny, and that Google wanted to avoid comparisons with Facebook, which at the time was dealing with its own data privacy scandal. Google confirmed that it had discovered the bug in March, but would not say when it became active.

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Allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 US election campaign, has hurt the shares of the world's biggest social network and prompted multiple official investigations in the USA and Europe.

It also announced other security features. Y'know...other than users' data, and consumer trust. Previous reports have found that some third-party Gmail add-on developers were reading users' emails, supposedly to improve their algorithms.

So the company felt that the site simply wasn't worth maintaining between its minimal traffic and its security threats, hence the ten-month period for users to migrate whatever data they need before it's taken offline in August 2019.

The firm is also ending access to contact interaction data on Android devices. A document in the WSJ's possession warned that if it was disclosed, it could result in "us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

An email shared among senior Google executives and lawyers said that revealing the issue would lead to "immediate regulatory interest" and mean its chief executive Sundar Pichai being forced to give evidence in Washington. Up to 496,951 users could have been affected, and up to 438 apps could have accessed the data.

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