Most people no longer think about using Google Photos to store and share their personal pictures and videos – until something goes wrong. Like this: Google alerts some users that their videos may have accidentally fallen into someone else’s hands.

Before you make a point, explain. According to a tweet by Jon Oberheide , who was the victim of the offense, it took place between November 21, 2019 and November 25, 2019 and involved a Google Takeout , which allows you to export a copy of the content to your Google account to make a backup copy or use it with a third party service. It’s unclear what went wrong, but Google says that “some of the videos in Google Photos were misplaced in the archives of unrelated users.” Google did not influence the photos, Google says.

Google says that the basic problem has been identified and solved, so it seems to be related to a bug, and not any malicious activity. Emails are sent to people affected by the problem, so if you don’t have one, your videos are safe.

While no one wants their personal videos to be sent to strangers, this violation isn’t nearly as bad as it could be. For one, it lasted only five days, and it was especially related to the export of data using Google Takeout, which most people probably don’t even know about. So, that is an extremely small percentage of users.

Provided, it would be good if Google alerted users when it happened, not two months later – and if you are one of the affected users, you won’t worry about the statistics – but you probably shouldn’t be surprised and pull all your photos off . However, it is not bad to use this opportunity to trim your library of any very sensitive photos or videos.

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