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Google Bug Allowed Strangers Access to Users' Videos

Google has just admitted a mistake that it made with regards to the photos stored in their Google Photos app. In more detail, the issue is on the "Download your data" service that Google offered between the dates of November 21 and November 25, 2019. According to the report, users who asked to export and download their photos and videos from the app encountered a bug. 

This bug apparently allowed Google to send the users' videos to archives that were unrelated to the person who hosted the clip in the app. There were also some users who had access to the videos on the archives of a stranger. In a nutshell, the company allowed the videos of its users to accidentally be accessed by strangers. 

As reported, Google already sent out a message to those affected by the issue and explained what happened. Thankfully, Google has already addressed and fixed the problem. 

"The underlying issue has been identified and resolved. We recommend you perform another export of your content and delete your prior export at this time."

In a statement that it sent to 9to5Google, Google apologized for the issue once again and repeated what it had said in the message it sent out to 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. 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."

Were you among those who were affected by the bug? Share your experience with us via a comment. 

Source: The Verge 


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