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Former designer with a litany of complaints about Google management
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yesterday by nelson
Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+
Findings and actions from Project Strobe—a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps’ data access.
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7 days ago by tonys
Google+ Folds After Hiding Data Leak That Affected 500,000 Accounts
In a blog post, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering Ben Smith announced the “sunsetting” (termination) of the Google+ networking service, citing “significant challenges” meeting consumer expectations. This announcement comes alongside Project Strobe, which addresses security improvements over the range of G Suite services. As part of the Project Strobe audit of Google+, the...

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7 days ago by vrzone
Google finally killing Google+
Shutting down the world's worst pivot-to-social, for security reasons
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7 days ago by nelson
Google exposed user data, feared repercussions of disclosing to public • WSJ
Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan:
<p>Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage, according to people briefed on the incident and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

As part of its response to the incident, the Alphabet unit plans to announce a sweeping set of data privacy measures that include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+, the people said. The move effectively puts the final nail in the coffin of a product that was launched in 2011 to challenge Facebook and is widely seen as one of Google’s biggest failures.

A software glitch in the social site gave outside developers potential access to private Google+ profile data between 2015 and March 2018, when internal investigators discovered and fixed the issue, according to the documents and people briefed on the incident…

…In weighing whether to disclose the incident, the company considered “whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response,” [a Google spokesman] said. “None of these thresholds were met here.”

…The profile data that was exposed included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status; it didn’t include phone numbers, email messages, timeline posts, direct messages or any other type of communication data, one of the people said.</p>

That is a long time for "potential access", which was via more than 130 APIs - masquerade as a developer and you're in. The further one reads into this story the more astonishing it is.

Google subsequently published a blog post about how <a href="https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/">it's closing down "consumer Google+"</a> because, apparently, "there are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations."

And for those of us who said Google+ was a flop, here's what Google says today: "The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90% of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds." How many of those from people hitting the wrong button in GMail, I wonder?

But Google is still under a 20-year privacy oversight from the FTC, signed in 2011 after its disastrous Google Buzz experiment. The FTC must surely follow this up.
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7 days ago by charlesarthur
Paul Cowan > Public: "So, you all (hopefully) saw my photos yesterday;...
So, you all (hopefully) saw my photos yesterday; if you didn't, you may have seen the media coverage about my employer, Google Australia, installing 2 monorail carriages in our new office space yesterday (e.g. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/google-installs-monorail-carriages-in-its-office-20131009-2v7fl.html)
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