Monday, 17 December, 2018

Google exposed user data, feared repercussions of disclosing to public

Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it Google Shutters Google+ Following Privacy Vulnerability
Troy Mann | 12 October, 2018, 11:45

The bug, discovered in March during an internal company review, could have allowed outside software developers - or people posing as outside developers - to learn the names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages of Google+ users.

Google immediately fixed the bug and then claimed that it found no evidence that any developer abused the bug and misused Google+ user data. And an internal memo noted that while there wasn't any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn't a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place.

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.

"Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice", a Google spokesman said in a statement to WSJ.

This sounds like a fairly easy thing to fix, but Google apparently decided its little social media site that never quite made it wasn't worth the effort.

Within hours, Google published its own report.

Giants To Release Or Trade Ereck Flowers By Tuesday
The New York Giants are parting ways with offensive tackle Ereck Flowers , ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. NY took him No. 9 overall, hoping he'd be a franchise left tackle, but he was bad .


Facebook Launches AI-Powered Video Calling Devices
Credit Facebook for making its video chat devices less creepy than they could have been, but that doesn't make them creepy-free. In terms of privacy , Facebook claims the calls are encrypted and that Facebook does not listen in or save a copy of them.


"Samsung Launches Galaxy A9 (2018) with Four Rear Cameras & 6.3" sAMOLED Display
Depth perception should also not be a problem for the Galaxy A9 (2018), as it sports a dedicated depth camera. The Oppo R17 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A7 , and LG V40 ThinQ that launched in recent weeks all sport such cameras.


As part of a review process surrounding this disclosure, Google has announced that Google + is going to be closed down. There are additional privacy moves in motion here, too, with Google's Project Strobe security audit also meaning most third-party developers will no longer be able to access Android SMS data, call logs, and (some) contact information.

Earlier this year, Facebook acknowledged that tens of millions of users had personal data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016.

Google has finally closed its social network Google+ after announcing data from up to 500,000 users may have been exposed by a bug that was present for more than two years.

Google reveals on a support page that the Google+ app can't be deleted on some Android devices, but they can be disabled on all Android devices.

Google has recently been at the center of a number of privacy breaches. The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: "90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

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