Congress demands answers from Google over data breach

Three US senators have written a letter to Google demanding they explain the reason it failed to reveal the breach that exposed 500,000 users' data


The US Congress has demanded answers from Google after the internet giant revealed that it covered up a major data breach, TNW has reported.

Earlier this week, Google announced that it had chosen to close its social media site Google+ in response to a data breach earlier this year, which had exposed the data of almost 500,000 individuals on the site.

According to the report, Senators John Thune, Roger Wicker and Jerry Moran have written a letter demanding an explanation from Google as to why it chose not to disclose that the breach had occurred.

Google's explanation for the lack of communication was that it wasn't sure if a breach had actually happened, but the Senator's letter questions whether this was the true motivation.

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In the letter, they stated: "According to an internal memo cited in the article, a factor in Google's decision not to disclose the vulnerability was fear that doing so would draw "immediate regulatory interest," bring Google "into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under radar throughout the Cambridge Analytical scandal," and "almost [guarantee] Sundar will testify before Congress"."

The Senators have asked Google to provide Congress with a copy of the memo it has cited and to answer seven questions related to its decision not to make the public aware of the security glitch. However, Google has claimed that it had no legal obligation to do so.

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