According to the blog post, the Google Plus data that was potentially exposed included names, email addresses, occupations, date of birth, profile photos and genders. The move effectively puts the final nail in the coffin of a product that was launched in 2011 to challenge Facebook Inc. and is widely seen as one of Google's biggest failures.
In addition to "sunsetting consumer Google+", the company is making changes to APIs on its other services, which will limit the amount of access developers get to data on Android and Gmail.
The company said it will give consumers more control over what data apps can access. That's when Google finally shut the door on the bug. This method will better secure third party APIs with Google services, allowing for less data to be given to outside applications.
Google says it found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and it found no evidence that any Profile data was misused.
Camilla Parker Bowles 'isn't going to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding'
Royal reporter Victoria Arbiter assures there's no bad blood between Eugenie and her aunt after the decision. Prince George and Princess Charlotte will serve as page boy and bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie's wedding .
Turkey Claims Saudis Killed, Chopped Up Journalist — NY Times
Meanwhile, the BBC published off-air audio from an interview Mr Khashoggi gave in London, three days before he disappeared. Mr Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.
Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist Khashoggi
However, Yasin Aktay, said to Reuters that he did not find claims by the Saudi officials about the lack of camera footage honest . Erdogan said police are looking at surveillance video of the consulate's entrances and exits, as well as at the Istanbul airport.
The tech giant announced the news on the company blog, disclosing the compromised user-privacy issue for the first time, despite knowing about it for seven months. As a result all European Union data protection authorities have jurisdiction to engage with Google on the breach.
Google is closing its social network, Google Plus, following the discovery of a security breach this past spring, in which up to 500,000 customers (between 2015 and 2018) had their information exposed.
Google reveals on a support page that the Google+ app can't be deleted on some Android devices, but they can be disabled on all Android devices. "These tools ... can be misused by unscrupulous actors posing as app developers to gain access to sensitive personal data", the Journal noted. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we made a decision to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.