Google Plus to Close After Bug Leaks Personal Information

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Google is shutting down its underwhelming Plus social community for normal customers, following its disclosure of a flaw found in March that uncovered private info of as much as 500,000 individuals.

The announcement got here in a Monday weblog publish , which was additionally Google’s first public description of the privateness bug.

The Wall Street Journal, citing nameless people, stories that Google intentionally averted disclosing the issue on the time, partially to keep away from drawing regulatory scrutiny.

The Google Plus flaw might have allowed 438 exterior apps to scoop up person names, e mail addresses, occupations, gender and age with out authorization.

The firm says it didn’t discover any proof that any of the affected private info was misused. It says that’s one purpose it delayed disclosing the issue.