Google confirmed on Tuesday that some people had recently received private videos from strangers who had uploaded it to its Google Photos service.
Many users use the service Google Images to store pictures and videos stored on their phones, and Google provides an option for users to download a copy of their data, in the name of Google Takeout. But when some people use Google Takeout to download their content, they may inadvertently download them – in some cases – videos from other users they don’t know.
Google has informed some users that their videos have been downloaded by strangers. A company spokesman told CNBC, “We are reporting to users a vulnerability that may have affected users who used Google Takeout to export their Google Images content between November 21 and November 25.” He added, “These users may have received either an incomplete archive, or videos – not images – that they did not have. We fixed the underlying issue and performed a deep analysis to help prevent this from happening again. We are very sorry for that. ”
Google said: Less than 0.1% of users who exported data during the time period were affected. It is not clear how many users were actually affected. But one of the users affected by the problem posted on his Twitter post a snapshot of the message Google sent to him.
— Jon Oberheide (@jonoberheide) February 4, 2020