Alphabet shuts down Google+ after data leak it has known about since March is exposed

WSJ reports that Google decided not to disclose the leak earlier partly due to fears of regulatory scrutiny.

Google will shut down the consumer version of its social network Google+ after announcing data from up to 500,000 users may have been exposed to external developers by a bug that was present for more than two years in its systems.

The company said in a blog on Monday it had discovered and patched the leak in March of this year and had no evidence of misuse of user data or that any developer was aware or had exploited the vulnerability.

Shares of its parent company Alphabet Inc, however, were down 1.5% at US$1150.75 in response to what was the latest in a run of privacy issues to hit the United States’ big tech companies.

> Read entire article Alphabet shuts down Google+ after data leak it has known about since March is exposed | Financial Post

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