2nd Google data leak in a week reveals children's privacy violations

04/06/2024 | 404 Media

A data breach involving an internal Google database containing thousands of privacy and security issues logged by Google employees has been leaked via an anonymous tip to 404 mediaThe leaked information revealed that Google inadvertently collected the voices of around 1,000 children, along with other sensitive user informationbetween 2013 and 2018. Other incidents were also exposed, including Google Street View recording and storing car license plate numbers and the Google-owned satellite navigation app, Waze, revealing users' home addresses. In another incident, a government client with a higher-tier Google Cloud account was accidentally moved to a significantly less secure consumer-level account. 

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The leak comes less than a week after another, albeit less controversial, leak from Google's Search division, which raised further questions about how its Search algorithm works.

In related Google news, Reuters reports that chief privacy officer Keith Enright will leave the company in the Autumn after 13 years and will not be replaced as Google restructures its privacy and legal departments.

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