Google ‘kept glitch secret to avoid backlash’ | News

Google kept secret a data breach that put the private information of nearly 500,000 people at risk because senior executives feared a backlash from users and regulators, it emerged yesterday.

The internet giant is to close its Google+ social network to consumers after discovering a glitch that gave outside software developers access to users’ names, email addresses, occupations, genders, ages and other private data between 2015 and 2018.

The breach bears some of the hallmarks of the data scandal that erupted at Facebook this year, when a whistleblower revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political analysis company, had used 87 million profiles harvested from Facebook without its users’ consent.

Google is owned by Alphabet, the $800 billion technology company, and is best known for its web…

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