Google exposed data for hundreds of thousands of users

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

According to an internal memo viewed by the Wall Street Journal, Google feared disclosing the issue would be detrimental to its reputation and draw unwanted regulatory attention. The exposed data includes occupations, genders, ages, and email addresses of many users.

Google, for its part, said in a report that they have found no evidence that "the data had been improperly accessed or misused".

Google responded by shutting down Google+ by next August, pulling the plug on a social network that it launched in 2011, in response to Facebook, but is widely regarded as a flop. Google is finally killing its awful social network Google+. In addition, Google Account permissions dialog boxes will be split to show each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialog box.

Samsung launches A9 smartphone with four cameras for the 'Instagram generation'
The device will come with 6GB of RAM along with 128GB internal storage expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. The Galaxy A7 meanwhile features a 8MP 120 degree ultra wide lens, a 24MP lens, and a depth lens.

Call logs and SMS permissions will no longer be sent to developers, while contact interaction data won't be accessible via the Android Contacts API. Also the software giant also mentioned that they are no proof whether this bug in the Google+ software was known by any outside developer.

"We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any profile data was misused", Smith said. "We made a decision to sunset the consumer version of Google+", the company said in the post.

Going forward, Google could face legal action for its failure to report the security breach to the public.

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A Bulgarian news site, Rusemedia.bg, said Marinova may have been jogging at the time , training for an upcoming road race. Interior minister Mladen Marinov said Monday there was no evidence to suggest the killing was linked to Marinova's work.

The incident also marks the beginning of the end for Google+, which the company plans to shut down over the next year.

Google is also updating Gmail's User Data Policy for the consumer version to limit access to user data.

Ireland's data protection regulator said on Tuesday that it would seek more information from Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) regarding a security issue that may have exposed the data of at least 500,000 users to hundreds of external developers. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.

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Since last March, at least 191 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, the majority during border protests. Israeli media reported that those killed were found shot to death on their office floor with their hands bound.

The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations.

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