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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. The Wall Street Journal reports the company didn't reveal what had happened "in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage". Explaining this bug, Google said, "With this API, users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends to Google+ apps". Google also said that there is no evidence that and Profile data was misused.

The Google+ vulnerability was discovered at a time that nearly coincided with the notorious privacy leakage scandal of the world's largest social media network Facebook, which has been widely criticized for its failure to protect its users' private data.

"Going forward, consumers will get more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app", Google said.

To crack down on potential misuse data, Google will only allow third-party Gmail apps that directly involve email functionality, such as email clients, backup services, mail-merge services, and expense tracking. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+".

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In the blog post, Google said it did not immediately announce the problems with Google+ because it was not sure which users to inform, who they were and what affected users could do to protect themselves. This time frame is so little that Google could not confirm which users were impacted by the incident.

However, if 10 months is too long a wait, here's all you need to know about how to check whether you have a Google Plus account and how to delete it now.

Google says it began reviewing developer access at the start of this year, so these new policies might have arrived even without the WSJ's reporting.

Project Strobe will also lead to Google account holders getting more fine-grained controls over the data they share with apps, which now have overly broad access to user information, Google said. "Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice", Google declared.


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