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Google accidentally shared your cloud video backups with strangers

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Jon Oberheide

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Google accidentally shared archives of some people’s videos with other Photos users for a brief period of time last year.Yesterday, the company began alerting users that a “technical issue” in Google Takeout — an app that lets you download backups of your data from other Google software — caused videos stored in Photos to be “incorrectly exported” to other people’s archives, 9to5Google reports.Who’s there? “One or more videos in your Google Photos account was affected by this issue,” reads a boilerplate notice sent to affected users.The company is now asking users to delete any archives they might’ve downloaded between November 21 and 25, and perform another export. The number is vague, but, for reference, Photos has over a billion installs on Android alone, which means there’s likely plenty of affected users.“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 company spokesperson told 9to5Google.

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