Investor fires shot at 'sinking ship' Google in battle over privacy-menacing Google+ bug | 7/10/2019 | Staff
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Google has been accused by one of its investors of trying to cover up and downplay a security blunder in Google+ could have caused the leak of half-a-million netizens' data.

Nearly 500 third-party applications could have accused the names, email addresses, and ages of roughly 500,000 people, thanks to a privacy ****-up by the doomed social network. Google continues to insist it was all no big deal because it couldn't find any evidence the security weakness had been exploited.

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The State of Rhode Island's pensions fund is not happy with that position, however, and has joined a combined lawsuit against the internet giant's parent Alphabet for failing to disclose the bug before it was exposed by the press.

If you imagine a pensions fund would provide dry legal argument, however, you'd be wrong. Right out the gate, the organization's submitted paperwork [PDF] – filed this week – goes for it: "By March 2018, data security at Google, whose entire existence depends on consumers trusting it with their private information, was a sinking ship."

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"Defendants [Alphabet] stumbled upon a 'bug' they had overlooked for years, which potentially exposed hundreds of millions of users’ private information; they had no way to determine the extent of harm from it; they learned more bugs were likely coming, but were so helpless to stop them, they had to prepare to shut down the world’s fifth-largest social-media network; and all of this was happening at a time when Congressional hearings into consumer data leaks were underway and the markets were pummeling Facebook for its data-security failings."

Blimey. And then, before you have a chance to catch your breath, it's off again.

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"So Defendants decided to deceive investors by portraying Google’s data-security situation as completely unchanged and themselves as completely trustworthy. Defendants’ uncandid approach continues with their MTD, which refuses to accept the...
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