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Google+ user data to be deleted by April 2

/ 04:50 PM February 10, 2019

FILE – In this his June 27, 2012 file photo, Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

JAKARTA — Since October last year, Google has been on high alert following security flaws that gave unauthorized access to some users’ profile data. The company announced plans to shut down Google+. However, there was another data leak shortly after, which prompted Google to fast-track the shutdown of its social network to April.

The timeline for termination of Google+ has been officially announced, so users know when their data will be officially erased from the network.

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According to The Verge, as of Feb. 4, users are no longer able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. Comments generated by Google+ on external websites were removed from Blogger on Feb. 4 and from other sites by March 7. All website comments made using Google+ will be deleted starting on April 2.

All users’ Google+ content will be deleted on April 2 (except for Google notes – content that must be kept for legal reasons), including photos and videos on Google+ and Google+ pages. Photos and videos backed up to Google Photos are safe and will not be deleted.

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Current Google+ users will be unable to sign into sites and apps, which in some cases will be replaced with a Google sign-in. In these instances, users can sign in with a Google account in lieu of Google+. If you are a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account will remain untouched. However, users can expect a refreshed app with additional features soon.

According to Google, the removal of all Google+ data will take some time. As a result of this, portions of user data might still be visible until April 2.

TOPICS: Google, IT, Social network, technology
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