The Wall Street Journal reported that Google's legal and policy staff also prepared a memo warning that disclosing the incident would likely trigger "immediate regulatory interest" and invite comparisons to Facebook's leak of user information to data firm Cambridge Analytica.
One of Google+'s People APIs allowed 438 external apps to obtain users' names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages, even for accounts that were made private.
The problem was found and fixed in March, but a furor has arisen about Google not disclosing this data breach until now. The lawsuit was blocked in the High Court on Monday.
The API flaw allowed third-party app developers to access profile and contact information that chose to sign into the apps via Google.
Besides low usage, Google+ engagement rates are also defeating, with 90-percent of all sessions lasting for under five seconds, according to Alphabet's subsidiary.
Google has worked to improve Google+ over the years with several notable updates ever since the social network first launched in 2011. "Our goal is to support a wide range of useful apps, while ensuring that everyone is confident that their data is secure". It said it had no evidence that any third-party developer was aware of the bug or had misused profile data.
Owner Of Banksy Copy Shreds Artwork Thinking Value Would Double
He said the auction house was still "busily figuring out" how the transaction for the now radically altered work will play out. His art is known to be similar to Banksy's and many have claimed he could be the man behind the can.
Google will retire its Google+ social network after it admitted to finding flaws that may have exposed private data from up to half a million accounts.
In the wake of the report, Google has seemingly decided that the platform's time is up and will be shutting down consumer access to the social network.
But the company has said that no other information was put at risk and that it has no evidence that any of the data was improperly collected by outsiders. "FINALLY", tweeted David Byttow, a former Google engineer.
When you hit that, Google will let you know what you're about to do and give you options to get more details about the implications of deleting your account.
"Smith said that despite Google's engineering teams putting in a lot of effort, "[Google+] has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps.
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