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Glitch in Google tool may have caused your videos to be shared with other users

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  • A glitch in a tool called Google Takeout, which lets users download their data from Google, caused the error
  • Google says the issue has only affected users who used Google Takeout between Nov 21 to 25 last year

Android maker Google accidentally shared archives of people’s videos from Google Photos with other users during November last year. The company had admitted to the mistake and is alerting users of the same. According to reports, a glitch in a tool called Google Takeout, which lets users download their data from Google, caused the error.

According to Google’s email, the glitch led to photos being “incorrectly exported" to other people’s archives. The company apologised for the mistake and said the flaw has been fixed. The company didn’t explain what the flaw exactly was, but has said in a statement that an “in-depth analysis" has been conducted in order to avoid this from “ever happening again".


Further, the company also said that the issue has only affected users who used Google Takeout between November 21 and November 25 last year. So, if you haven’t downloaded data using the tool during that period, you should be safe. It also seems that the company is only sending the alert emails to users who were affected by the flaw.

It also claimed that the glitch only affected 0.01 percent of its users, according to a report by TheNextWeb. It’s unclear exactly how much of those users’ Google Photos archive was shared with other users though.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Prasid Banerjee

An engineering dropout, Prasid Banerjee has reported on technology in India for various publications. He reports on technology through text and audio, focusing on its core aspects, like consumer impact, policy and the future.
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