After scandal by online social media Facebook was making mistake also Google. Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it found a “software glitch” in its Google+ social network in March that could have exposed the personal data of as many as half a million users. But the company decided not to tell this information the public until last Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Ben Smith, Google vice president of engineering, said in the statement that he internet giant found the flaw during an extensive privacy and security review. Aphabet shares fell one percent to 1 157.06 USD on stock market in New York. It was after earlier dropping to 1135.40 USD – the lowest intraday price since July 5, Bloomberg notes.
Google reported it plans to shut down Google+ for consumers in august 2019 and introduce new privacy tools restricting how developers can use information on products ranging from email to file storage.
An internal committee decided not to disclose the potential breach of Google+ because there wasn’t evidence of any misuse of the exposed data, which included names, email addresses, ages and occupations, Smith said. The bug was immediately fixed at the time, he said.