The story of ‘Google+’, the internet based social network that’s owner and operated by the american search engine giants is coming to an end. Being the long struggling subsidiary of Google LLC the social network is now set to be closed down due to a bug that could affect millions of user’s personal data. The fact that they never disclosed the security lapse to the public makes it even worse for Google. And experts says that the irresponsiblility shown by Google by not forthcoming such an important thing could lead google to much more negative outcomes.
According to the report published by the ‘Wall Street Journel’ (WSJ) nearly half a million user’s data could’ve been leaked and accessed by the third party. That’s huge, especially when such big names are making such mistakes irrespective to the guidelines given by the goverments all over the world, whilst the amerivan govt. Being the strictest of all. This is why the Europeans has also implemented tough regulations regarding the privacy of datas through the ‘GDPR ( General Data Protection Regulation) back in 2016.
According to some sources the bug had been there in the code since 2015 that let third-party app developer to access the user’s personal data. Recently ‘Facebook’, the social network giants had a controversial ‘The Cambridge analytica’ data breach case and we had reported about it here.
The Google+ community was begun back in 2011 (June 28th) by the indian born american businessman ‘Vic gundothra’. From the very beginning itself, google plus failed to attract the attention of the users. Even though google and the team of Vic gundothra pretend to be happy, the usage statistics want at all pleasant for them.
Even with such a strong backing, google plus failed to attract users and the survey results from as early as 2012 suggests that the number of ‘active users’ of Google+ are far behind other social networking apps. In 2012, Market research firm ‘ComScore’ reported that the time spent on Google+ was just 3 minutes/month on an average compared to that of 405 minutes on Facebook.
According to a study published on April 14, 2015 by ‘Eric Enge’ at ‘Stone Temple Consulting’ , the active community was by then just 1% of the whole users at the moment. The Forbes even reported even back in 2015. What penalty would be implied on Google by the governments for committing such a serious mistake, let’s find out that in the coming days.
Now let’s look at how you can delete the account if you have one and wish to do so,
- Open your Gmail
- Click on your profile pic and select ‘Google+’ profile option in the expanded menu.
- In your Google+ profile — Click on ‘Settings’ link on the left hand side
- Scroll down and click the ‘Account’ section
- Select ‘Delete your Google+ profile’
- A verification page will appear
- Login and read and accept the consequences of deleting Google+ account
- Click on yes “Required: Yes, I understand the etc..”
- Click delete