Google has hidden an error that revealed the personal data of users

According to The Wall Street Journal, 2015 in Google+ there was a bug where the hidden user data was available to all. He fixed it in 2018, but Google decided not to report it, fearing the consequences from the government.

Google+ was a mistake that revealed personal details that have been hidden by the user. These include e-mail address, age, gender, marital status, profession, name and surname.

The error was corrected in March 2018. The WSJ writes that Google did not want to report a vulnerability because of fear of the attention of the authorities, as it happened with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The company did not comment on the statement by the WSJ.

According to Google, the bug could affect about 500 000 users and 438 applications using the Google+ API. There is no evidence that third-party developers thus gain access to user data.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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