Google accidentally sent private videos to strangers2020-02-04 14:54 by Daniela
Google announced today a massive error in its Google Takeout tool that allowed one's videos in Google Photos to get exported to strangers' archives.
Lots of people use Google Photos to store videos and photos stored on their phones. Google offers an option for people to download a copy of their private data, called Google Takeout. But, when people used Google Takeout to download their own content, they were accidentally given, in some cases, videos uploaded by people they don't know.
According to Google's alert, anyone who used the Takeout tool to download one or more videos from Google Photos between November 21 and 25 may find they were incorrectly sent to other users.
"We are notifying people about a bug that may have affected users who used Google Takeout to export their Google Photos content between November 21 and November 25," a Google spokesperson told CNBC. "These users may have received either an incomplete archive, or videos - not photos - that were not theirs. We fixed the underlying issue and have conducted an in-depth analysis to help prevent this from ever happening again. We are very sorry this happened."
Google says that the issue has been solved, and it recommends that users delete and re-export any data created during this time. Thankfully, only 0.01 percent of Photos users were affected, the company told 9to5Google, and the bug wasn't present in any other Google product.
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