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Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it

In turn, this meant that nearly 500,000 users' names, email addresses, dates of birth, gender, location, occupation, and relationship status were made available to developers, all without their knowledge.

Project Strobe will also lead to Google account holders getting more fine-grained controls over the data they share with apps, which now have overly broad access to user information, Google said.

That breach left the personal information of about 500,000 users exposed, and was caused by a bug on a People API on Google+. It did not include phone numbers, the content of emails or messages, or other kinds of communication data.

After the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google accidentally exposed the private information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users over the period of three years, you might not feel so comfortable having a Google+ account anymore, even though Google plans to shut down the service.

The project launched in 2011 as an alternative to other social networks ended up being a huge failure for the company.

The API flaw allowed third-party app developers to access profile and contact information that chose to sign into the apps via Google.

The Wall Street Journal reporter Douglas MacMillan discusses how Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied the allegations that the company silences conservative voices and how regulations would impact the tech giant.

While no evidence was found that indicates this bug was ever misused, it was determined that the complexity of protecting and operating a social network like Google+ was not a worthwhile endeavor when so few users actually used the service for any length of time.

These apps will also need to agree to new rules on handling Gmail data, and will be subject to new security assessments.

Hot on the heels of the Facebook security breach last month, there has been another faux pas involving Google+.

When you hit that, Google will let you know what you're about to do and give you options to get more details about the implications of deleting your account.

Around 500,000 users were affected by this, potentially.

"The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", said Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View in northern California, Xinhua reported.

Google claims there was no evidence of misuse of the data. For one thing, soon, only Android apps which the user has assigned as their default for use will be allowed to request certain permissions like making calls and sending SMS.

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