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The Google+ People API offers access to the entire profile data that includes name, email address, occupation, age, skills, gender, birthday. And now it seems the wind-down of Google+ is becoming equally as nettlesome as Google is now having to shut it down earlier than planned because of yet another data leak.

Back in October, Google admitted that it identified a sizable issue with one of the Google+ APIs.

Needless to say, Google's social network platform experiment has comes to a rather unceremonious end.

As a result, and with maintaining the social network for a stagnant number of users an increasing headache, Google opted to instead shut down Google+ on the consumer side.

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Whoever's doing that might want to do it fast - there's no telling when the next security bug will come along and force Google to accelerate the shutdown even more.

Google said it encountered the bug as part of its "standard and ongoing testing procedures" and fixed it within a week of its discovery.

We have confirmed that the bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API.

"In addition, apps with access to a user's Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly", Google added. It now plans to shut down Google Plus by April 2019 and access to its application programming interfaces (APIs) in the next 90 days. In that time, Google says it has no indication that any developers that did have access to the errant API "were aware of it or misused it in any way".

Non-public details on about 52.5 million Google+ profiles were accessible to developers of apps requesting permission to view data the user had configured to remain private. "We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs".


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