But the company said it reviewed the issue and looked at the type of data involved, if it could correctly identify the users affected to inform them, if there was any evidence of misuse, and if there was any action a user or developer could take.
In a statement posted to its blog minutes after the report, Google said it plans to shut downGoogle+ for consumers and introduce newprivacy tools restricting how developers can use information on products ranging from email to file storage.
According tothe WSJ report, Google executive leadership did know about the bug yet made a decision to not report it immediately due to concerns over regulatory scrutiny.
Though it's been up and running for over a half-decade, Google+ never really got the consumer attention Google expected. Users' private messages were not affected, according to the company. In other words, when an app requests access to Google account data, multiple dialog boxes pop up, each with a request for a particular permission, rather than one large dialog box with all the requested permissions (i.e. location, contacts, calendars) lumped together.
The WSJ quoted an internal Google memo that said doing so would draw "immediate regulatory interest".
"Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain".
"Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues", a Google spokesperson told AFP.
Google said it found no evidence of data misuse. The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.
You see, Google+ users could grant access to their profile data to third-party apps - just like users could with Facebook and Twitter.
Guardiola has happy day as Man City win in Germany
Florian Grillitsch is looking to become the first ever Austrian player to score in his first two Champions League appearances. Both Manchester City and Juventus secured victories in the early UEFA Champions League kick offs on Tuesday evening.
U.S. lawmakers are concerned that the big tech companies have come under scrutiny for a variety of reasons in recent years.
Google will roll out stricter rules for third-party apps that want to access users' Gmail inboxes.
Last month, Google Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright - alongside representatives from other tech and telecom giants including Apple, Amazon and AT&T - testified before the Senate on privacy practices in Silicon Valley.
Android data access is being restricted to app developers.
As a result of the security audit, Google plans to allow users to more tightly control what data is available to applications that sync with Google accounts or its free Gmail email service.
Hulu Is Coming To The Amazon Echo Show
We have a pretty good idea of what the Google Home Hub is going to look like, thanks to some very clear leaks from MySmartPrice . The pricing and availability for the Home Hub has been tipped by Android Authority as being "available later this fall for $149".
What is the Google Pixel 3 release date? Update, September 28, 2018 (2:14PM EST): We have new information on the Pixel ... Which begs the question of how "mini" is too mini? "Tune in on 10/9 to see for yourself", the company teased.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. "I think it's going to be a very very important day in our country", Trump said. But he'll be watching the hearings and looks forward to hearing from Ford, he said , "and you know what, I could be persuaded ".
Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said enforcing the sanctions is the only way to force North Korea to change its policy. The UN Security Council initially imposed sanctions on North Korea in response to its first nuclear test in 2006.
Asked if Khashoggi faces charges in Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed said it was first important to discover where he was. She added that "the burden of proof is on Saudi Arabia" to prove that the journalist left the consulate in peace.
He told the Values Voter conference, "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court ". Trump's tweets propagate the misguided notion that victims of sexual assault will typically respond by calling the police.
Salah has started every game for Liverpool this so far this season, recording two assists in addition to his two goals. He is in a good shape, actually, and then finishing is never something you can take for granted.
Much of Microsoft's improvements went toward the display, which is now 38 percent brighter and has 22 percent more contrast. One such device is a 2018 refresh of Microsoft's Surface Pro laptop-notebook hybrid device, dubbed the Surface Pro 6 .
Cooper said drivers should still be careful navigating the southeastern area of the state, where most of the closures remain. As for Tropical Depression Kirk , the hurricane center said it could weaken further as it progresses across the Atlantic.
The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday. She expressed sympathy for Ford, but said Kavanaugh deserved protection, too. "I just want this conducted in a fair way".
Flake told Politico he was "not comfortable voting yes" on the nomination until he learned more about Ford's allegations. September 16: The Washington Post published an article in which Ford comes forward and details her allegations.
First Lady Melania Trump's Visit to Lilongwe, Malawi
Otherwise, he said, "She'll get some nice photos and it won't do anything to move the needle on USA interests on the continent". She then also paid a visit to the presidential palace for having a private tea with Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Ghana's first lady.
Melania Trump in Egypt to tour pyramids, Sphinx
USA first lady Melania Trump went on a short safari on Friday in Kenya, the third country on her almost week-long Africa tour. Kavanaugh, who denies the allegation, is expected to be confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice this weekend.
Hugs as Putin clinches India defence deal
India and China had a stand-off over a Himalayan plateau a year ago after it was claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan. He arrived in New Delhi on Thursday. "India gives top priority to its relations with Russian Federation ".
Maestro Messi lights up Wembley as Barca sink Spurs
Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing. "I've seen a great Messi, with a lot of hunger", Llorente said. The first half was extraordinary and we are happy because everything went as we wanted'.
'It's a very scary time for young men in America'
First, back in June, Democrats tried to argue the Senate shouldn't confirm a Supreme Court justice in any even-numbered year. Ernst says if no corroboration is turned up she "will continue to support Judge Kavanaugh based on the information" she has.
Paul Pogba backs Alexis Sanchez to rediscover best form
Sanchez was unarguably one of the best players in the Premier League during his spell with the north London based outfit. Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan, another player who struggled in Red, went the other way to join the Gunners.