Latest Google+ Social Network Bug Affects Privacy of 52 Million Users

Google has disclosed another privacy leak from Google+, this time affecting millions of users, and now says it will push forward the shutdown forward from August to April.

Today, Google revealed that another bug in its social network that exposed private details of 52.5 million Google+ users, or ten times as many users affected by the leak that Google announced in October when it revealed plans to sunset Google+ for consumers.

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The latest leak was only available to developers for about one week in November, and was discovered during a routine security check, Google said in a blogpost today.

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The source of the leak was an update in November that affected a Google+ API and gave app developers access to profile information on accounts that were configured by users to be private. In other words, Google shared the information with developers without gaining user consent.


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