Is that not the lamest excuse they could possibly come up with?
This is going to bite them right in the ass, as it should, because they didn’t tell anyone fearing oversight and regulation.
There are a lot of people , including myself, who think that is exactly what should happen anyway.
Google+ social network is being killed, because of a privacy breach and because people just don’t use it
The consumer version of Google+ will be wound down over 10 months, ending by August, the company said.
The enterprise version of Google+ is to continue.
Google said it discovered the privacy breach in March, which allowed third-party apps using the Google+ Application Programming Interface to access personal details that the user had marked as private, including name, work experience, birth date, email address and places lived.
Shortly before Google’s Monday announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives were informed of the privacy breach in March, at which point they fixed the gap, but chose to not disclose it to its users or the public for fear of tarnishing its image. According to the report, a memo that Google’s legal team prepared for senior executives said that going public with the breach would likely trigger “immediate regulatory interest” at a time when Facebook Inc. was coming under fire for not preventing the data firm Cambridge Analytica from accessing troves of user information