Google Accounts to Receive Expanded Granular Controls over Third-Party App Permissions

New Google account third-party app granular controls will soon be available to users to enhance both privacy and security…

Recent news broke that search corporation Google learned its social service, Google Plus, was compromised by a developer bug. Although the problem was discovered back in March, it wasn’t until a report by The Wall Street Journal made it public, yesterday.

In all, 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, genders, profile photos, places lived, occupations, and relationship statuses were potentially exposed. However, Google maintains it does not have any evidence any of that stolen data was indeed misused.

New Google Account Third-Party App Granular Controls Introduced

As a result, Google will introduce more fine-tuned controls over what data users can share with other apps. The change makes it possible for individuals to grant or restrict access to the information stored in their Google accounts. Currently, such access is lumped together. In other words, users will have more controls over what can and can’t access data stored in their Google accounts. Here’s screenshots for comparison:

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Credit: Google

It’s part of a new initiative, called Project Strobe. Here’s what Google says about it, on its official blog:

“In the coming months, we’ll roll out additional controls and update policies across more of our APIs. As we do so, we’ll work with our developer partners to give them appropriate time to adjust and update their apps and services.

Our goal is to support a wide range of useful apps, while ensuring that everyone is confident that their data is secure. By giving developers more explicit rules of the road, and helping users control your data, we can ensure that we keep doing just that.”

Owen E. Richason IV

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