Google has accidentally shared private videos of some users that were stored on its servers with other, the tech giant notified impacted users.
Google admitted a new privacy incident, it has accidentally shared private videos saved on its servers with other users. At the time it is not clear the number of impacted users, anyway, the company sent them a security notification. The company only confirmed that “one or more videos in your Google Photos account was affected by this issue.”
The incident was caused by a technical issue in Google’s Takeout that is a project that allows users of its products, such as YouTube and Gmail, to export their data to a downloadable archive file.
The issue was confirmed by the researcher Jon Oberheide from Duo Security that published a Tweet that confirms some videos saved in Google Photos were exported to unrelated user’s archives.
The technical issue remained active between 21st November and 25th November 2019.
The privacy incident potentially affected those users who used Google Takeout service in the period mentioned above. The tech giant pointed out that the problem did not involve photographs uploaded by the users to Google Photos.
The company apologized for any inconvenience the incident may have caused, users can contact its Support service for further assistance.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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