After an undisclosed security breach was revealed, Google+ will be shutting down

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

The company said in a statement: "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".

The Google+ flaw could have allowed 438 external apps to scoop up user names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age without authorization. March was when a software bug was fixed that allowed third-party developers to access personal data.

The tech giant announced the decision at the same time that it disclosed that the privacy of up to a half-million Google+ accounts could have been affected by a "bug". When those friends signed into apps using Google+, app developers ask for permission to get profile information and are granted. As a result all European Union data protection authorities have jurisdiction to engage with Google on the breach.

Google said the issue was discovered and patched in March as part of a review of how Google shares data with other applications.

Google also said it would begin restricting the data it provides to outside developers. There is no suggestion that any credit card or bank information was exposed, but exposing private information about individuals can make them more vulnerable to fraud. However, we ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.

The company also debuted a number of new privacy controls, including limiting the apps that can access Gmail, call log, and text messaging data.

Google today revealed it'd be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ in response to a previously undisclosed security flaw - and also because no one's really using it.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the company didn't disclose to its customers the data breach for fear of damaging its reputation as well as facing a potential for a regulatory inquiry. Users will be able to download and migrate their data.

Google has admitted that adoption of the its social network and subsequent user engagement has been low, with 90% of Google+ user sessions lasting for less than five seconds. Contact interaction data will no longer be available via the Android Contacts API either. A spokeswoman for Google didn't immediately return a request for further comment.

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