Google+ is officially deleting consumer data starting April 2nd

Google will shutter its struggling social network Google+ sooner than previously announced: The company said Monday that Google+ will shut down in April of 2019. It also disclosed a new security vulnerability that briefly exposed personal data of some 52.5 million Google+ users.
The bug, which was introduced to Google+ in November, allowed developers to access personal profile information including name, birthday, gender, nickname and more even if those users had limited access to that information.
“We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced,” wrote Google vice president David Thacker in a blog post. “No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way.”
An official date has been set for the shut down of Google+, which will now occur on April 2nd.Users have slightly over two months to retrieve their Google+ data before it’s gone forever.
It was first announced back in October 2018 that Google+ would be shutting down as a result of a data breach and low consumer adoption.
The original plan was for Google+ to shut down by August 2019, however, that date was moved up to April following a second data breach.
Google did not announce an exact date for the shut down until today.
Another date to keep in mind is February 4th, which is when users will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.
One more date to be aware of is March 7th, which is when commenting via Google+ will be removed from all sites.
Lastly, in early March, Google+ Community owners and moderators will be able to download a full set of data from their communities. You can learn how to do that here.
Google+ for G Suite will remain active, there are no plans to shut down the enterprise version at this time

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