The Internet giant Google has warned on Tuesday that it has mistakenly sent private videos of Internet users to users other than its owners, although he said that the problem affected only 0.01% of those who used their services during the days in which that the error occurred.
As reported by the Mountain View company (California, USA), a computer worm in its personal data download service Google Takeout was responsible for the ruling, which took place between November 21 and 25 last year.
During those dates, some Internet users who downloaded their personal data through Takeout also received videos that other users had posted on their Google Photos account , designed to function as a digital video and photo store.
“We are informing people about a computer worm that could have affected those who used Google Takeout to export Google Photos content. These users may have received incomplete files or videos – not photographs – that are not theirs,” they said from the firm from Internet.
The company that runs Sundar Pichai said that since then they have solved the problem and that they have carried out an “in-depth analysis” to prevent something like this from happening again. “We are very sorry that this happened,” they lamented.
The only figure that Google offered was that of 0.01% of affected users, without detailing absolute numbers of how many Internet users received outside videos or how many Internet users saw how their videos were distributed without their authorization.
The company of the most used online search engine in the world is, together with Facebook, in the spotlight of regulators and civil rights organizations worldwide for its management of user privacy, something that this episode could increase.
The business of both companies is based on collecting as much data as possible about Internet users and then offering advertising spaces to advertisers as specific and detailed as possible, which is a source of permanent conflicts between the protection of information and the greatest source of income of the company.