Google Exposed Data
It was just released that Google has exposed hundreds of thousands of Google+ users private data. These kind of situations happens all of the time, however Google chose not to inform those who are affected by this data breach. Wall Street Journal’s sources claim they reviewed the documents and say that the software vulnerability allowed user data from 2015 to 2018 to be breached. The information that was exposed were names, email addresses, date of birth, home addresses and more. Google stated they were not aware of this bug and cannot find any evidence that the data breach even took place. Google does allow developers to collect Google+ profile information but only when granted access by users, however a bug allowed the developers to access the data regardless. Google claims that 500,000 of those users were impacted by this bug. To resolve this issue Google plans to shut down the entire Google+ service within 10 months to allow users tp transition out of the service. Along with this solution, Google is limiting apps that can have permission to access Gmail data, and allowing users to decide which apps can access data.