Google moves Google+ shutdown ahead of schedule for April 2019. The reason? A second data breach.
You may remember that a couple of mounts ago it was announced that Google covered up a massive Google+ data breach stemming from 2015, that revealed a lot of sensitive user data including names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status. Ultimately leading to Google’s decision to shut down the service in August 2019.
The new bug was apparently around for only 6 days (November 7 – November 13) before Google caught wind of it and terminated it. This made the user data of 52.5 million people (users’ names, email addresses, occupations, and age) readily available to developers, though Google is adamant that “no third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way.”
Google+ will still be available for enterprise use despite this latest round of leaked data, but it’s clear that Google is eager to remove consumer access as soon as possible to avoid any additional slip-ups like this. All Google+ APIs are scheduled to be completely shut down within the next 90 days.