October 8, 2018 / 5:00 PM / in 10 days

Google exposed user data, feared repercussions of disclosing to public - WSJ

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of its Google+ social network and opted not to disclose the issue partly due to fears of regulatory scrutiny, the Wall Street Journal said, citing unnamed sources.

A software glitch in the social site gave outside developers potential access to private Google+ profile data between 2015 and March 2018, when internal investigators discovered and fixed the issue, the report said on.wsj.com/2IJA1st, citing documents and people briefed on the incident.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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