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Google Responds to Google Photos Privacy Breach

Google wants some of its users of Google Photos service to know that there was a privacy breach and private videos have been sent to strangers. Google’s Takeout service, which allows consumers download their data, was affected by what the company had identified as a “technical issue” between November 21st and November 25th of 2019. The result, according to reports was a small number of users receiving private videos from other consumers.

Google did not provide consumers with any details on how many people were affected, but fixed the issue after five days, according to 9to5Google, less than 0.01 percent of Google Photos users who used Takeout were affected.

Google has apologized and issued the following statement via 9to5Google

“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. 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.”

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