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09 October, 2018, 02:33 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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News of the bug sent shares of Google's parent company, Alphabet, down as much as 2.2 percent to $1,142.43 on Monday afternoon. It did not include phone numbers, the content of emails or messages, or other kinds of communication data. It analyzed third-party developers' access to Google account and Android device data to measure whether permissions were overly broad. (There are some exceptions-e.g., voicemail and backup apps.) Developers can find more details in the Google Play Developer Policy Center and in the Help Center. The bug is said to have affected as many as 500,000 accounts, though the company says it found "no evidence" that any data was actually misused.

A security lapse of this kind is exactly the kind of news Google didn't need right now, but the fact that leaders decided not to disclose is likely only to exacerbate the situation.

Google hoped to avoid comparisons to Facebook's leak of user information to Cambridge Analytica, the data firm accused of improperly using information on 87 million Facebook users on behalf of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the Journal said. Google claims that it "discovered and immediately patched" the bug in March 2018, but the flaw has existed since 2015.

Google came under criticism for refusing to send a top executive to a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on 5 September about efforts to counteract foreign influence in USA elections and political discourse.

So, quite a few security and privacy changes were announced here.

David Carroll is a United States professor who sued Cambridge Analytica earlier this year to find out what data the company had stored about him. They'll further limit these permissions by removing contact interaction data for the Android Contacts API. Gmail add-ons access will also be limited.

Only email clients, email backup services and productivity services will be able to access this data.

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Google has already recently drawn controversy over its data collection practices.

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai knew of the glitch and the decision not to publicly disclose it, the WSJ reported.

Google goes "beyond legal requirements" and applies "several criteria focused on our users" when deciding whether to provide notice, a spokesperson said in a statement.

Google admitted in the blog post disclosing the bug that usage of Google+ has dropped off in recent years. "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", the company said in a statement.

For now, though, Google will continue supporting Google+ for businesses.

To give people a full opportunity to transition, we will implement this wind-down over a 10-month period, slated for completion by the end of next August.

The tech giant said it would shut down the consumer version of the platform after it revealed users' data may have been exposed by a bug that was present for more than two years.

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