In a blog post about the shutdown on Monday, Ben Smith, Google Fellow and vice-president of engineering, made an announcement that Google is now going to shut down the consumer access to Google+ after 5 lakhs users’ data breach. He further added that after a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, the Indian-American headed company found that the technical glitch has potentially affected 5 lakhs Google+ accounts and up to 438 applications may have used this API.

The company is still unaware of the fact that is there any profile data gets misused during a glitch or is there any developer who knows about this bug. He announced that the company will implement this wind-down over a 10 month period to help the customers with additional information and give them access to download and migrate their data safely.

According to The Wall Street Journal, this software glitch in the Google+ gave outside developers an access to private data of Google+ accounts including full names between 2015 and March 2018. Still, the company didn’t reveal the breach out in public as it may harshly damage the reputation of the company, sources added.

While, Smith defended the decision not to disclose the leak, and added: “Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice.”

In the past few years, Google has been at the center of a number of security breaches. So Google also announced a series of reforms to its privacy policies designed to give users more control on the amount of data they share with third-party app developers.