Google’s photos app ‘Google Photos’ has revealed a big flaw that has caused significant damage to the privacy of users. The company has said that due to a bug in the software, personal videos of some users have reached unknown people through email. This happened due to a flaw in Google’s takeout service between November 21 and November 25 last year. Google takeout service is used by users to download their data.
Google did not know for four days
The victim of this mess has been the users who requested to export the stored data in Google Photos. For four days, Google did not find this flaw, due to which the export tool had added the users ‘videos to the wrong users’ archives.
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Google apologizes to users
A Google spokesperson said, “We are notifying users about this bug, whose videos have accidentally reached unknown people between November 21 and 25. Users have received an incomplete archive or video which is not theirs. We have rectified this flaw and are thoroughly investigating the incident so that such disturbances do not occur again. For this, we apologize to the users.
More than 100 million users of Google photo app
The company emphasized that due to this bug only the users of Google Takeout Service have been harmed and most users of Google Photos have not suffered any loss. With this, Google has not given the correct information about how many users’ personal videos have reached the wrong users. However, the company definitely said that it has affected less than 0.01% of users. Let us know that there are more than 100 crore users of Google Photos worldwide. Such a low percentage means that the data of millions of users has been damaged due to the bug.