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Industry Reactions to Google+ Security Incident: Feedback Friday

Google announced this week that it has decided to shut down its Google+ social network. The announcement also revealed the existence of an API bug that exposed personal information from as many as 500,000 accounts.

According to Google, the flaw gave hundreds of third-party apps access to user information such as name, email address, occupation, gender and age. However, the Internet giant said it had found no evidence of abuse.

Google discovered the bug in March 2018, but waited until now to disclose it, which has raised a lot of questions. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives decided not to notify users earlier due to concerns it would attract the attention of regulators and draw comparisons to the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal that hit Facebook.