Over the past year, privacy has been a big topic in the technology space as particularly evident after Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Google in early 2018 began a project to analyze third-party developer access in its various services and Android. An issue in Google+ was uncovered as part of Project Strobe, and the company is now taking steps to limit access to user data across all applications.
Project Strobe Stories October 8
According to the Wall Street Journal this morning, Google discovered a user data bug in Google+ last spring. However, the issue appears to not have been abused by any third-party developers. The company opted to not disclose the issue, but in response is now shutting down the failed social network for consumers.