Bye ‐ Bye Google+

It was only a matter of time—the same day that Google announced it was shutting down Google+ in the wake of a data leak, two users filed a proposed class‐action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, saying that their privacy had been violated. Google did not timely disclose its discovery of a data leak that gave outside developers access to private data because it found no evidence of misuse. The lawsuit alleges that Google’s “lax approach” to security resulted in API bugs that exposed the data of almost 500,000 Google+ users. Google kept quiet for seven or more months, eventually deciding not to inform users that their data was compromised, further compromising the privacy of consumers‘ information and exposing them to risk of identity theft or worse, according to a civil complaint filed on
Monday.