Google admits ‘accidentally’ leaking your private videos to strangers. Here’s what happened

Google later informed the users about the malfunction. It was also clarified that only videos were affected by it, and not photos.

Tech-giant Google has confirmed that some people’s private files were leaked to strangers. The mishap happened due to a glitch in Google Takeout.

Google Takeout is Google’s exclusive service which allows users to download a copy of their private data. But the mishap took place when people used the service to download their content from Google Backup, but they were accidentally given access to videos present in other people’s backup.

Google later informed their users about the malfunction through an email. It was also clarified that only videos were affected by it, and not photos.

“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 said while speaking to an international media outlet.


“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,” he continued.

Google claims that only 0.01% were affected by the mishap. However, it is still unclear as to the exact number of affected users. The service provider has asked people to delete the data downloaded in the previous attempt and repeat it.

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  • So the online storage of personal was considered as the most secured and easily accessible but this incident proved that we should move to previous methods.

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