Some of that qualifies as legally protected personally identifiable information, and its exposure could trigger scrutiny from federal and state regulators, including some who have probed Google before on similar issues.
The announcement came in a blog post, which was also Google's first public description of the privacy bug.
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.
But it's not doing so exclusively out of concern for users' privacy: Smith admitted the network is not a success, saying "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".
It plans to shutdown Google+ for consumers over the course of the next 10 months, with the platform officially retiring in August 2019. Info that was not exposed includes email messages, Google+ timeline posts, direct messages with other users, phone numbers and "any other type of communication data". It also promises to provide consumers with more information, including options for downloading and migrating data, over the coming months. Google explained that there was indeed a glitch that could allow developers to access private profile information, including a user's name, email address, occupation, gender, age, and profile photo.
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Ortega said such delays in reporting data leaks could become more common among technology companies as they looked to protect their reputation in the wake of legislation and privacy laws. So a group of the company's executives ruled that the firm should stay quiet about the flaw, and reportedly informed Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, of their decision. We've chose to focus on our enterprise efforts and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses.
"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. In addition, Google Account permissions dialog boxes will be split to show each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialog box. However, it's possible that data were abused and Google just doesn't know about it yet.
Even if you, like many, haven't used your Google+ account, it could still be at risk.
" The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations", the company said.