As the well-worn internet saying goes – there is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer.
This week, an unknown number of Google Photos users were alarmed to find that this can turn out to be true in surprisingly personal ways.
According to an email sent to affected users, between 21 and 25 November 2019 anyone using the Google ‘Download your data’ service might have experienced a serious glitch:
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.
Conversely, being a two-way issue, affected users might notice any videos in their archive not belonging to them.
The service is part of Google Takeout (or Google Takeaway) and can be used to download copies of a wide range of data relating to Google services, including photos and videos.
Google doesn’t state how many users this relates to but it’s safe to assume that if you used the function between those dates, you are probably affected.