Ireland's data regulator asks Google to provide information on security vulnerabilities.


Ireland's data regulator asks Google to provide information on security vulnerabilities.

A spokesman for the Irish data protection regulator told CNBC Tuesday that Google would be asked to provide more information about security vulnerabilities.

On Monday night, the tech giant disclosed a "vulnerability" in its social media platform, Google +, which provides developers with information about users, including names and e-mails. Media reports say the vulnerability could leak personal data from more than 500,000 Google + users, and Google has decided to shut down its consumer functionality.

However, the company said there was "no evidence" that any developers were aware of the fault and that no configuration file data was abused.

"The DPC is not aware of this problem, and we now need to better understand the details of this vulnerability, including its nature, impact and risk to individuals, and we will get information on these issues from Google," the spokesman said via e-mail.

Security vulnerabilities occurred before the implementation of the new privacy law (GDPR). Therefore, Google is unlikely to be punished for violating the law. (CNBC)


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