Google Docs bug locks out users at random, raises privacy questions

  • Google Docs bug locks out users at random, raises privacy questions

Google Docs bug locks out users at random, raises privacy questions

Imagine youre working on a Google Doc when, seemingly out of nowhere, your ability to edit the online file gets revoked.

The lockout is accompanied by a warning that the item violates terms of service, the groundrules that Google requires of people who take part in the free, cloud-based program.

For anyone who stores work in the cloud, suddenly being unable to access your data - especially due to a terms of service violation - may sound scary. "And it's really happening to some people, according to reports on Twitter". And she mentioned that she evades using Google Docs for anything delicate.

“Has anyone had @googledocs lock you out of a doc before?

- Rachael Bale (@Rachael_Bale) October 31, 2017”. Some are reporting that the affected documents are removed, although others are saying that the owner can still access it. What would happen if you had a meeting and the files you need for that meeting were in Google Docs? In a statement, Google said it was investigating. "A small tweak to the rules on what to flag or not can produce false positives like we saw today", he said. Indeed, in a conversation I had last week with journalists at a well-known newspaper, reporters there expressed unease that Google might not just freeze their files, but use its omniscient view to identify their sources.

The bug has raised privacy issues over Google's scanning of documents created and stored it its service.

"Generally, using a Google Form to collect confidential information - such as IDs, passwords, bank account numbers, and passport numbers - violates our Terms of Service". You can read the full story here.

What does it mean when Google says “collect information”?

"It's clear that Google wants to be able to exert conditions on what content can be shared", he added.

Such fears are hardly new, however, given that Google has always been able to "read" the contents of individuals' Gmail accounts. Bale tweeted again, stating that "this kind of monitoring is kind of creepy", followed by a plethora that echoed that same proclamation.