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In the wake of news reports about previously undisclosed security vulnerabilities at the flagging social network Google+, Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. were hit Monday with a lawsuit claiming that Google+ allowed third-party application developers access to users’ private profile data between 2015 and March 2018.

“While this information was supposed to be protected, and shared only with expressed permissions and limitations, defendants allowed third-party application developers to improperly collect the personal information of up to 500,000 Google+ users,” wrote lawyers representing two plaintiffs, Google+ account holders from California and Florida.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Mountain View, California-based company exposed data—full names, photos, contact information and occupation—of thousands of users of Google+. Google said it chose not to disclose the breach when it was discovered in March because the company found no evidence of data misuse. Alphabet announced Monday it plans to permanently shut down the consumer functionality of Google+.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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