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Google Takeout Serves Up Video Files to Strangers

A limited number of user videos were shared with others in a five-day incident from November.

Google has notified users of Google Takeout — which allows people to download their individual data — that the service might have overshared their videos, as a "technical glitch" allowed certain videos to be downloaded by people who weren't their owners.

The issue, active between November 21 and 25, 2019, affected an unknown number of users and an unknown number of files. According to the company, less than 0.01% of all Google Takeout users were affected. Given the size of the user base, that could still leave hundreds of thousands with exposed videos. And while Google has apologized to users hit by the problem, it has not provided any details on what caused the problem or how it was remediated.

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