Early this week, Google announced that the user data from up to 500,000 accounts were possibly affected on its Google Plus service. Begun in 2011, Google+ was a social media platform that featured elements similar to Facebook. User engagement was low, and some commentators referred to the platform as a ‘ghost town’.
However, under the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation, insecure APIs with privacy breaches could trigger serious infringement penalties, and EU regulators are consistently raising the stakes in showdowns with California tech giants, notably Facebook who announced a breach of up to 50 million users last week.
Google announced that its Plus service will terminate in August 2019 with several months for users to move data to another platform. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it actually make a sound?
This story is taken from the 12 October 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.