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Google+ shutting down after users' data is exposed ND
Dave Lee, BBC News, Tuesday October 9 2018
Google+ will shut down much of its social network Google + following a data breach. It said a bug in its software meant that information users believed to be private had been accessible by third parties. Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected, and the Wall Street Journal reported that the company knew about the issue in March but did not disclose it. The WSJ report quoted an internal Google memo that said disclosing the information would draw “immediate regulatory interest”. In a statement, Google responded that the issue was not serious enough to warrant informing the public. "Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met here."
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