The real concern here is that Google reportedly became aware of the security glitch several months ago but failed to disclose the issue due to "fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage". The lawsuit was blocked in the High Court on Monday.
Google is closing the Google+ social network after an error exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users last spring, in an incident which the company never disclosed to those affected. But the post also said that, to ensure privacy, the company destroys most Google+ logs after two weeks.
However, it is planning to keep the platform alive for "enterprise users" in the workplace.
After seven highly unsuccessful years, Google+ is effectively dead.
Under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), if personal data is breached, a company needs to inform a supervisory authority within 72 hours, unless the breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedom of users. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+".
"Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain".
Google launched Google+ in 2011 with an emphasis on privacy, and included fine-grained tools to let users decide what content to share with which of their contacts.
Besides low usage, Google+ engagement rates are also defeating, with 90-percent of all sessions lasting for under five seconds, according to Alphabet's subsidiary.
For action 2, Google is preparing to give you more fine-grained controls over permissions in Android apps and the account data you share with them.
The bug allowed app developers to access information like names, email addresses, occupation, gender and more. The shut down will take place over a 10 month period, with the social network shutting down in August 2019. Enterprise users will continue to have access to the platform for the foreseeable future - Google says the social media website is better as an enterprise product, anyway.
In a blog, the company said it had discovered and patched the leak in March and had no evidence that data has been misused or anyone had exploited it.
Google plans to make announcements in the coming months that provide consumers with additional information such as options to migrate data or download it, the latter likely through Google's Takeout service.
Finding 3: When users grant apps access to their Gmail, they do so with certain use cases in mind.