It has recently been reported that not long ago, last Thanksgiving, Google had a bug which caused personal photos to be shared to complete strangers. ‘The Chocolate Factory’ made note of this issue and began notifying users that there is a bug in Google Photos data-archiving tool, Takeout.
The estimated total of affected users was 0.01%. Now due to the magnitude of Google’s popularity, billions of pictures are stored on their servers with billions of users to access them. So this measly 0.01% just became potential millions. Google didn’t stay in the quiet about this and notified users in an email.
“Unfortunately, during this time some videos in Google Photos were incorrectly exported to unrelated users’ archives”
“One or more videos in your Google Photos account was affected by this issue.”
‘Takeout’ is a download service ‘The Chocolate Factory’ which allows users to migrate their business elsewhere. The issue occurred when exporting data that on occasion some customers were presented with video footage from other 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 21st and 25th”
"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.”