He also vowed additional security steps would result in the wake of the incident.
After seven highly unsuccessful years, Google+ is effectively dead.
On Monday, the company announced that it was shutting down its social network, Google+, which was the source of the flaw.
Googlesaid that a detailed analysis ran over two weeks prior to patching the bug revealed "the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts" may have been potentially affected.
"The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers" expectations, ' Ben Smith, Google's vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post.
They said the firm would now "sunset" the app, which failed to truly challenge market leader Facebook, citing "very low usage". Shares of Alphabet Inc fell by about 1 percent in response to the story.
This data is limited to static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age.
Google said a glitch in the social site gave outside developers potential access to private Google+ profile data between a major redesign in 2015 and March 2018, when internal investigators discovered and fixed the issue.
As many as 438 outside apps may have connected with the flawed software. However, Google said no other data, including private messages or phone numbers, could have been accessed, and that there's no evidence that developers were actually aware of this bug or that data was misused.
A security lapse of this kind is exactly the kind of newsGoogle didn't need right now, but the fact that leaders decided not to disclose is likely only to exacerbate the situation.
Over the next few months, Google will begin providing more fine-grained control over what account data Google users can choose to share with third-party apps.
Upon discovering the bug, Google patched it, but opted not to disclose it to the public out of fear of regulatory pressure and unfavorable comparisons to Facebook's Cambridge Analyticaprivacy scandal.
Action 2: We are launching more granular Google Account permissions that will show in individual dialog boxes.
CBSNews.com sibling website CNET noted on Monday that after Google announced the social network's shutdown, even people who helped launch the product said the time had come to end it. For instance, it is limiting the ability to receive call logs and SMS permissions on Android devices.
Android data access is being restricted to app developers.
Only email clients, email backup services and productivity services will be able to access this data. However, this breach has to be seen in the larger context of what's going on more generally with data privacy and security.
A spokeswoman for Google said that whenever user data may have been affected it determines whether to tell people based on a number of criteria.
President Trump said he has a "very good relationship" with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and has no plans to fire him. The same day, Trump and Rosenstein spoke by phone while the president was at an United Nations conference in NY .
Judge Kavanaugh's defenders counter that the accusations against him risk making the man a professional and social pariah. President Donald Trump has told reporters that it is a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US.
Jose Mourinho has revealed how Manchester United mastered a magical 3-2 come back against Newcastle United at the weekend. He has scored 20 goals already for LA Galaxy, and is in excellent form. "We have to concentrate on Manchester United".
Meng's wife, who has remained in Lyon with their children according to police sources, was receiving protection, it said. His duties in China would have put him in close proximity to former leaders, some who had fallen afoul of Xi's campaign.
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who's considered the most vulnerable member of her party, announced Thursday she is a no vote. Democrats claimed throughout the week that the FBI's additional background check was not sufficient due to its limited scope.
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Pyongyang demands the removal of the 28,500 US troops stationed in the South to deter North Korean military adventurism. Post-summit nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang were rocky and quickly settled into a stalemate.
Trump joins other first ladies - including Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama - in embarking on solo trips to Africa . While petting of the baby elephants, a calf run in her direction apparently startled by her touch - momentarily unsettling her.
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Kavanaugh, then hit the man in the ear with a glass, according to the police report , which was obtained by The New York Times . A witness to the fight said that Chris Dudley , a Yale basketball player who was friends with Mr.
Windies under fire against India in first Test
Powell added 47 runs for the second wicket with Shai Hope (17) and later another 41 runs with Chase (20) for the fifth wicket. India 1st Innings: 649 for 9 in 149.5 overs ( Virat Kohli 139, Prithvi Shaw 134, Ravindra Jadeja 100; Devendra Bishoo 4/217).
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Spokesperson for the protestors, Rachael Pope, said the Americans living in Malawi had a "take-home" message for US First Lady. But Melania Trump shocked onlookers during her solo tour of Africa by dropping her guard and dancing with children in Kenya.
Diplomats' same-sex partners denied USA visas
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American, Japanese win Nobel for cancer research
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Musk Sees "Victory" Tuesday, SEC Deal: Tesla Jumps
Musk said that he had " funding secured " for a buyout of the electric-car company at $420 a share, reports The New York Times. Musk and Tesla must each pay $20 million in fines , which will be distributed to traders who were harmed by the tweets.
Trains stopped as strong typhoon nears
The storm has disrupted air travel, with an unspecified number of flights suspended Sunday, according to public broadcaster NHK. East Japan Railway Co. shut down all of its train services in the Tokyo Metropolitan area around 8 p.m.