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>> Alphabet shutting down Google+ after a bug in the system left user data exposed for two years. Google announced in a blog post Monday that data from up to 500,000 users was left vulnerable between 2015 and March of this year. Reuters technology correspondent, Steven Nellis. They found a flaw in Google+, which is their social network that's kinda like Facebook, but not many people have used.
The flaw will allow a third-party app developer to get access to some of the private information about a person who did not necessarily wanna share that information.>> The company said it patched the leak back in March, and found no evidence of misused data. The affected data was limited to optional Google+ profile fields, including name, email address, occupation, gender and age.
And according to The Wall Street Journal, the company known for sharing everything wasn't planning to tell all. According to the newspaper sources, Google had opted not to disclose the leak, partly due to fears of regulatory scrutiny. While Google+ users might not have much to fear, the bigger threat is to Google's reputation.
>> American consumers have been extremely skeptical of large technology companies. Especially ones like Facebook, and like Google that really thrive on using data about those people to sell advertising. And Google mostly kept itself out of the spotlight during the Cambridge Analytica scandal that kind of engulfed Facebook where the private data of millions of people was exposed.
But unfortunately, this looks like it could drag them right back into that spotlight.>> Leaving the company vulnerable to bigger problems than the failed social network.