Fox on Tech: Google Plus data breaches have caused more headaches

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Google will be shutting down its failed social network earlier than planned, after a security bug led to a massive leakage of approximately 52 million users ‘ private data.

Google is in the gutter again with users and privacy advocates, in the same week, the tech giant’s C. E. O is the defend of the company to skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

If you’ve never heard of Google Plus, you are not alone. Failed social media network had been scheduled to close down in August after failing to make a dent in Facebook’s dominance. But now it comes to hatches even earlier than planned, because of a security bug leads to a massive leakage of approximately 52 million users ‘ private data. The information breach allowed outside developers data in my private information about users, even if the account is set to private, including name, e-mail address and age, that is more than enough for a skilled thief to use for identity theft. The good news is, according to Google: no financial information was released, and so far, the company hasn’t seen any evidence that would indicate that the information is used illegally. Of course they will be keeping an eye on it as they wind down Google Plus operation.

This is actually Google Plus second major data breach. Back in October, the company said around 500,000 users’ data compromised, which led to the announcement that Google Plus would be go offline in August. However, as a result of this new violation, the termination date is now moved to April.

The revelation came on the Monday, a day before C. E. O. Sundar Pichai road to Capitol Hill to face lawmakers for the first time. Most of the hearing focused on allegations of discrimination against conservatives online, but Pichai also spent a significant amount of time in the defense of the company’s record on privacy and protection of data, to tell the members of the House Judiciary Committee, that “the protection of the privacy and security of our users is traditionally an essential part of our mission. We have invested a huge amount of work in the course of the year, bringing choice, transparency and control for our users.” It remains to be seen whether Pichai’s reassurances are enough to win over a skeptical public, wary of constant data breaches.

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