OOPS: Google Photos video backups were sent to strangers last year
4 Feb 2020 — #GroupThink
With Google Takeout, you can download your data from Google apps as a backup or for use with another service. Unfortunately, a brief issue with the tool last November saw your videos in Google Photos possibly get exported to strangers’ archives.
According to a letter sent by Google to an affected user, “some videos in Google Photos were incorrectly exported to unrelated users' archives." The statement then said further, "if you downloaded your data, it may be incomplete, and it may contain videos that are not yours.”
“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 accidentally sent people's private videos stored on Google Photos to strangers https://t.co/2Iwwen1R16— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 4, 2020