A Wall Street Journal report published at the same time with Google's blog post claimed the API bug was far worse, and might have leaked user data since 2015, being only discovered when Google engineers started prodding Google sites for privacy leaks in preparation for the EU GDPR deadline.
Despite that, the company plans to keep Google+ operational as an enterprise product, allowing companies to use it as an internal communication platform for employees.
Two states within the United States are joining two European Union member states in investigating the breach at Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. Google also said it would tighten up data-sharing policies after a "bug" potentially released usernames, email addresses, genders, and ages to third-party developers. Up to 496,951 users could have been affected, and up to 438 apps could have accessed the data. The company, however, can not confirm which users were affected by the bug when it was active from 2015 to 2018.
Google can not confirm which users were specifically impacted by this bug.
The bug gave apps access to information on a person's Google+ profile that can be marked as private.
"The Data Protection commission was not aware of this issue and we now need to better understand the details of the breach, including the nature, impact and risk to individuals and we will be seeking information on these issues from Google", it said.
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When people found out about it, it made a decision to shut down Google+ in a knee-jerk reaction.
The bug was discovered in March 2018.
For Google, a data privacy reckoning may finally come as a result of a service that it admits nearly no one uses much anymore. According to a Monday Wall Street Journal report, Google chose not to disclose the breach to users due to fear of sustaining damage to the company's reputation and incurring more government regulation. Users who granted third-party applications access to their public data also had some private data shared.
According to The Australian, the Office will be seeking to find out the depth of the breach and how numerous 496,951 users affected by the breach were Australian.
Smith said that when users grant permissions to access SMS, Contacts and Phone data to apps, they do so with specific use cases in mind, again indicating that the present policies have given developers overly broad access to people's information.
The security flaw existed for three years.