Google+ leaked 500k user's personal data

Social network to be shutdown after bug exposed user data

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Google+ leaked 500k user's personal data Google did not disclose the data breach because it did not want to deal with regulator scrutiny and possible reputation loss, according to the Wall Street Journal. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 9, 2018

Google has exposed personal data of up to 500,000 users of its Google+ service.

The company apparently hid the existence of a bug which left data open to third parties, from users and regulators.

The company will now shut down the social network, which was seen as a failed attempt to rival Facebook.

The Wall Street Journal said that Google knew about the issue in March, but did not report it because it did not want attention from regulatory authorities.

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