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Google faces lawsuit for Google+ vulnerability, and silence over data leaks

The lawsuit alleges that Google had a ‘relaxed approach’ towards fixing the API bugs in its systems, which resulted in the breach.

  • Published: October 10, 2018 10:55 AM IST
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It was recently revealed in a report by BBC that a bug in Google’s systems left the personal data of as many as 500,000 Google+ users exposed to third-party services. This came as one of the biggest surprises because Google is a software first company that deals in data more than anything. And millions of users around the world have entrusted their data to Google because of the integration Google has had with most online services that are used today.

What’s worse is that the security issue was present for more than two years and the company knew about it, but chose to not reveal anything, fearing regulatory investigation, says The Wall Street Journal. Following the revelation, Google has revealed that it’s finally pulling the plug on the consumer version of Google+, its social networking service that never quite took off.

And following this two consumers have taken to the legal system to express their displeasure of Google’s data leak. The two users have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in San Francisco federal court, and have reasoned that their privacy has been violated. The case which is termed Matt Matic and Zak Harris v. Google, is one where the two gentlemen have stated that Google’s ‘relaxed approach’ towards fixing the API bugs in its systems has resulted in the potential exposure of data of more than 500,000 Google+ users.

Joshua Watson, who is the attorney for Matic and Harris, wrote about the civil suit saying, “Worse, after discovery of this vulnerability in the Google+ platform, Defendants kept silent for at least seven months, making a calculated decision not to inform users that their Personal Information was compromised, further compromising the privacy of consumers‘ information and exposing them to risk of identity theft or worse.”

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The plaintiff has stated the violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law, negligence, and invasion of privacy, and other claims.

  • Published Date: October 10, 2018 10:55 AM IST