The announcement by Google that it will be shutting down its social networking platform, Google+ came as a shocker, as the company cited the issue of a compromise on its system owing to a bug that led to the breach of over 500,000 users' data on the social network.
Google+ isn't just useful as an alternative to the other social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, but as it present stack differentials, which bothered on business usage and collaborations.
And Google+ page offered a way for businesses to show their reputation and garner trust, as it has come to serve as a basis for ownership and authorship, which have become important in the effort to curb the spread of fake news.
Google claims that the Google+ bug discovery has spurred its focus to expand users' privacy protections, with a new initiative called Project Strobe, which will give users more control over what is shared with third-party apps.
The company will also expand the control to include apps that interact with Gmail and Android, as it intends to limit how apps gain access to users data on Android phones. Additionally, third-party apps that access sensitive Gmail contents via APIs will need to undergo a thorough review as part of the expanded protection program.
And perhaps, Google's initial withholding of information about the breach likely underscored the company's proactive stance on privacy protection.