Google+ forced to close early after privacy flaw discovered

Writing on The Keyword, Google has announced that it is closing down Google+ four months early after internal testing discovered a flaw that gave access to the data of 52.5 million people.

The company said that “no third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the developers who inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way”.

Data exposed included names, email addresses, occupations, images, age and more. Luckily, no financial data or password information was revealed.

However, it was found that even if a profile was set to private or they had shared information with another user, the information was still accessible.

As a result, Google+ will now shut down in April and all Google+ APIs will be terminated in the next 90 days.

This will ensure that there will be no further third-party access or development using the platform’s data.

The company said: “We want to give users ample opportunity to transition off of consumer Google+, and over the coming months, we will continue to provide users with additional information, including ways they can safely and securely download and migrate their data.”