Rough Week For Google
Occasionally the timing gods just aren’t in your favor. Today Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai will be testifying before Congress over the company’s data protection policies. It was already going to be a pretty testy conversation, and now House members will have one more thing to bang on. Yesterday the company disclosed it was shutting down its Google+ social network six months earlier than planned, due to another recently uncovered potential data leak.
This time Google says a software bug exposed the private data from 52 million users to outside app developers. The problem was identified on November 6th and quickly fixed, but the concern that more unknown bugs might be out there was enough for Google to move up the kill date of “+” from August to April of 2019. Considering that Google waited over a month to disclose this latest data problem, I’m guessing the issue will come up early in today’s hearing.
Should be an interesting day on the Hill.