Google may regret having the fault of Google+


Google could face a Federal Trade Commission investigation for its late security alert on Google + .The investigation would not, however, address the vulnerability itself, which gave some third-party service developers access to private information on Google+ It's Google's decision not to reveal the security crack in March that would be targeted.March, the month of bankruptcy of major platforms In a blog post describing the vulnerability, Google explains that it chose not to alert the public to this moment after finding that there was no evidence of data abuse or any way to accurately identify the people affected by the fault. The giant has also announced its intention to permanently close the social network, escheat (90% of connections last less than 5 seconds) According to a report of the Wall Street Journal, an internal memo suggests that Google has not revealed the problem, because he did not want to be subject to control by the regulatory authorities. March was a month when the issue of privacy on platforms was widely debated. It was also in March that Facebook struggled with the Cambridge Analytica case and had to revise the conditions for access to data by third parties. , considered to be too permissive and uncontrolled on the actual use makes these data. Google has preferred to remain silent to avoid being caught in the storm then affecting Facebook, its first rival in the market of publicity ? The firm will likely have to explain its decision not to publicly reveal the flaw of Google +. This decision itself could be subject to regulatory control in the United States. Senator Richard Blumenthal, elected Connecticut Democrat, sent a letter to the FTC on Wednesday – signed by two other senators – calling for an investigation into Google's decision to forgo a disclosure at the time of the finding of the facts. European CNILs are investigating on Google "The FTC should conduct a thorough review to determine if the Google+ incident violates the company's consent order or other commitments, and more generally to determine whether Google has engaged in acts and deceptive privacy practices ", says the letter. Bumenthal also took advantage of a Senate hearing on data confidentiality to discuss the subject with Andrea Jelinek, the chair of the European Data Protection Board (ex-G29) . The latter confirmed that investigations were being conducted in the European Union. European data regulators are investigating Google, but not in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to the information provided by Google, the flaw was discovered before May 25 and therefore the entry into force of the new European regulation. It is therefore several European CNIL, including the regulators of Ireland and Hamburg, which will lead a investigation. "They [Google] will face more than one representative of the European authorities," said Jelinek. Will the FTC also take the case? For procedural reasons, the FTC does not comment on its ongoing investigations. "When we see a significant breach that endangers the privacy of consumers, you can rest assured that we will review it – we are committed to holding companies accountable if their practices break the law," said Joe Simons, president. in a statement.

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