This post is by Jim Horton from Online Public Relations Thoughts

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Google pulled a dumb maneuver in an effort to protect its reputation and avoid regulatory scrutiny.  To protect itself after a data breach that affected 500,000 of its Google Plus users, it hid the exposure and didn't tell anyone.  Now that the news is out, Google's reputation is not only tarnished but the company also looks deceitful.  Someone should have told the corporation that its approach was a lousy idea and it would have been far better off taking a hit early on and moving forward.  Now, Google will have to answer to regulators and work hard to repair relations with customers.  Google, of all companies, should understand that in the internet age there is no hiding.  The company should apologize and swear never to make this mistake again.