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Google database leaks, detailing privacy incidents and data issues

2024-06-04 12:01 by


Google wrongfully collected and stored the private information of thousands of people across several years, according to a new report.

On June 3rd, 404 Media reported that it had received a copy of a large Google database that included children's voice data, home addresses and employee privacy incidents collected between 2013 and 2018. Per the publication, Google had been accidentally collecting this data.

Examples include a potential security issue where a government client of a Google cloud service had its sensitive data accidentally transitioned to a consumer-level product. Google's internal report added that, as a consequence, a US-based location for the data was "no longer guaranteed for this customer," according to the report.

Other cases in the database range from "a person" modifying customer accounts on Google's ad platform to manipulate affiliate tracking codes to YouTube recommending videos based on users' deleted watch histories. One report even highlights how a Google employee (unintentionally, according to the report) accessed Nintendo's private YouTube videos and leaked info ahead of the video game company's announcements.

The incidents were reported by employees between six and nine years ago, a Google spokesperson said. All the incidents have been reviewed and resolved, meaning any private information has been deleted, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider.

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