Back in October, we reported that Google has decided to shut down its social media website Google+ after a massive data breach which potentially exposed data of over 500,000 users. Today, Google another data leak involving 52.5 million users. The data leak is caused by an API bug that will allow apps to access Google+ profile information of users including their name, email address, photo, occupation, age, (you can read the full list here) even when users have set them to be not-public. In addition, apps with access to a user’s Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly.
As a result, Google has decided to shut down Google+ earlier than originally planned. Google+ will be completely killed by April 2019. Google will also kill all Google+ APIs in the next 90 days.