RIP Google+

09.10.18 в 09:00 Interesting 8155

Google is closing down Google+ over lack of use and security issues.

“We are shutting down Google+ for consumers” - Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering.

Representatives of the company said that the service in its previous form will be available only to corporate clients, for most users, main part of the functions will become unavailable.

One of the reasons for this decision was the low popularity of the service, 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds. In fact, Google+ ends up as a social network.

Details of this decision will be announced later.

The interesting fact: immediately before making a decision to close the general public, the fact of a major security incident on Google+ became known.

Security issues allowed third-party developers to access user data from 2015, until bugs were discovered and corrected in March 2018. When a user confirmed permission to access data of his public profile, the vulnerability allowed developers to extract non-public information from his profile and his friends' profiles.

Data from nearly 500 thousand accounts were potentially subject to abuse. Full names of users, email addresses, dates of birth, gender, profile photos, place of residence, occupation and status of relations were available for parsing.

As measures to prevent such situations, Google made a number of improvements as part of the new Project Strobe initiative. It's aimed at revising the rules for access to Google user accounts and data from Android devices.

In particular, Google proposes to restrict developers access to data from Android devices and from the mail service Gmail. They will take away permissions to read call logs and SMS, and through the Android Contacts API it will no longer be possible to receive data on the interaction of contacts.



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