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Google admits it sent users’ private videos in Google Photos to strangers

Google’s Takeout service lets people download their data.

SNS | New Delhi |

Stating a ‘technical glitch’ as a reason, Google has recently admitted it accidentally sent private videos of some users of its Google Photos service to strangers.

Once the incident was marked, the tech giant alerted the affected users via an email but did not disclose the number of individual videos that were distributed incorrectly per account, reports 9to5Google.

Google said that less than 0.01 percent of Google Photos users who used its ‘Takeout’ service was affected.

Google’s Takeout service lets people download their data.

Google Photos has billion of subscribers, therefore, even a small percentage will impact a significant number of people.

Google has apologized “for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

“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 Google spokesperson said in a statement.

“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,” the spokesperson added.

The company says the underlying issue has been identified and resolved.

(With input from agencies)