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Google mistakenly leaked secret privacy data

Google mistakenly leaked secret privacy data
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There has been yet another data breach, this time by the massive search engine Google.

The company accidentally released records on the webpages and information that people asked it to remove from its search results. Over 95% of the requests to remove information from Google come from regular citizens like you and me who don't want their private information to be used or seen by strangers.

Google has been very forthcoming with their site statistics, and now they've been a little too transparent.

The breach was found in the source code of the transparency report released by the company. It told exactly how many and for what reasons people were requesting information to be removed.

According to the Guardian, "This data covers the majority of requests received by Google, which have now exceeded 280,000 since the company first started to process requests in May 2014 as a result of a ruling by the European Court of Justice."

So, if you filed for Google to remove information about you, your loved ones or business in that time frame, it may be out in the World Wide Web. Google has since patched the issue in the source code and is expected to make a statement about the breach in the near future.

I'll keep you updated as the story progresses. Stay tuned on the Happening Now page to keep current on this breach and all the latest tech news that you need to know.

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Source: The Guardian
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