A new software bug that exposed the private profile information of 52 million users to outside app developers was discovered. The bug appeared after a software update on Nov. 6. It was fixed a week later. The flaw did not expose financial data, passwords or other sensitive information that is often used in identity theft. Google’s investigators didn’t find any evidence developers misused data, the company said. Google may have again problems in Europe.
The European General Data Protection Regulation requires companies to notify regulators of breaches within 72 hours, under threat of a maximum fine of 2% of world-wide revenue. Consumer functionality of Google+ was scheduled to be discontinued by August 2019. On Monday the Google+ closure was announced for April. A collection of related developer tools will be also closed within 90 days. Google+’s user base was roughly 60% male and 25% female as of November 2013, and 15% “other” or unknown. The dominant age bracket (35%) was between 25 and 34. Starting in November 2011, Google+ profiles were used as the background account for many Google services including YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Android, Google Play, Google Music, Google Voice, Google Wallet, Google Local and more.