Democratic senator calls for investigation of Google+ vulnerability

At a congressional privacy hearing this morning, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called for an investigation into the data exposure that resulted in the shutdown of the Google+ social media network. Blumenthal said he plans to send a letter to the Federal Trade Commission later today calling for the agency to take action.

In March of this year, Google discovered a bug in a Google+ API that exposed and had the potential to leak the private information of its users, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, although the exposure was kept secret for months afterward. After the news of the vulnerability surfaced, Google announced that it would begin shutting down Google+ over the next 10 months.

Google never disclosed this exposure to its…

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