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Google shutting down social network Google+ after security bug disclosed

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BERLIN GERMANY- AUGUST 21 The Google Plus social network logo is seen in the company's offices behind Android toys

Despite the social network closing down, you can still take action.

Google said it launched an effort at the beginning of the year called Project Strobe created to review how other apps connect to Google +'s services, and that it was making other changes as a result.

In any case, the conclusion is the same: Google is shutting down the consumer version of Google+, citing challenges in maintaining the service effectively.

Google will also remove access to contact interaction data from the Android Contacts API within the next few months.

The Google+ flaw could have allowed 438 external apps to scoop up user names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age without authorization. Others include limiting what sorts of data that can be collected per transaction when users share their Gmail accounts and phone numbers.

Google says it hasn't found any evidence that developers were aware of the bug, so it's unlikely that anyone abused it.

Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, accessed information from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Ortega said such delays in reporting data leaks could become more common among technology companies as they looked to protect their reputation in the wake of legislation and privacy laws. The company says that it also will cut back on the amount of data belonging to Android and Gmail users that is available to outside developers.

You may have deleted your Google+ profile a long time ago, but if you never did and it's been sitting in hibernation, here's what to do.

Google+ API's log data is only for kept two weeks, so it can not confirm which users were impacted by this bug. Google adds that it "cannot confirm" which users were affected, but over 500,000 of them could have been. Users have to provide "explicit permission" in order for them to gain access to it.

Only email clients, email backup services and productivity services will be able to access this data.

It seems Google agrees.

Per the Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was briefed on the plan to not disclose the data breach.

"I think Google does have a public relationship issue and this now makes their lack of openness even worse", Ivan Feinseth, an analyst at Tigress Financial Partners said. "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds". Google will announce new Enterprise-focused products for Google+ in the near future.

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