It is fairly certain that up until now you were unaware that there was a massive Google+ data breach. There is a good reason that you have not heard about it. When it occurred, Google in its corporate wisdom, decided that they would not reveal the breach. It occurred in their Google+ platform and concerned a glitch in their software that made it vulnerable. The most disturbing part of this report is why Google decided that they would hide the breach. Would you believe that they did not want bad press or to have government scrutiny over the leak?
As Written and Reported By Charlie Nash for Breitbart:
“Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage, according to people briefed on the incident and documents reviewed,” reported the Wall Street Journal, Monday. “As part of its response to the incident, the Alphabet Inc. unit plans to announce a sweeping set of data privacy measures that include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+.”
The incident, which exposed users’ names, email addresses, birthdays, genders, general locations, occupations, relationship statuses, and photos, was reportedly caused by a “software glitch” in Google+ which “gave outside developers potential access to private Google+ profile data between 2015 and March 2018, when internal investigators discovered and fixed the issue……