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US Congress To Investigate Data Breach That Led To Google+ Shut Down

By Published October 10, 2018

Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google+, after user data was left exposed in a breach attributed to a bug.

Over 500,000 users are expected to be affected in the shutdown over the next 10 months. Google says Google+ currently has “low usage and engagement” and that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds.

Google however plan to keep the service alive for enterprise customers who use it to facilitate conversation among employees focusing on a “secure corporate social network,” which is odd considering this announcement comes alongside news that the company left user’s profile details unprotected.

The united states congress has however called for an investigation into the data exposure that resulted in the shutdown of the Google+ social media network. At a privacy hearing during the week, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he plans to send a letter to the Federal Trade Commission calling for the agency to take action.

“I think this kind of deliberate concealment is absolutely intolerable,” Blumenthal said referring to Google’s failure to inform user’s of the breach when it was first discovered in March.

 

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