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Google employee used YouTube backend for Nintendo leaks – report

A large dataset collected by 404 Media from an anonymous informant has revealed that a Google employee may be behind previous Nintendo leaks.

An internal report from Google has revealed that a former Google employee may have been behind previous Nintendo leaks. The internal Google report contains a series of privacy and security issues collected from employees over a six-year period. The report, which was leaked to 404 Media via an “anonymous informant,” reveals a number of alarming privacy concerns.

The report, published by 404 Media, claims that an incident was reported in which a Google employee “accessed private videos on Nintendo's YouTube account,” and that this information was then leaked ahead of planned Nintendo announcements.

The report did not reveal the exact Nintendo leaks in question, but 404 Media stated that the activity in the incident was “unintentional,” as the Google report noted. This incident was just one of many alarming privacy concerns raised by the anonymously provided data.

Between 2013 and 2018, 1,000 similar incidents were reported in the database, which was initially shared internally by Google employees. These reports included problems identified in Google's own practices and products, as well as mistakes made by Google employees.

Thousands of incidents have been reported in this dataset, including the disclosure of payment information following the compromise of Sabre, a travel agency used by Google, and the “misapplication” of a filter designed to prevent the collection of children’s voices.

After receiving the previously internal data, 404 Media reached out to Google, who explained: “At Google, employees can quickly flag potential product issues for review by the appropriate teams. When an employee submits the flag, it suggests the priority level to the reviewer.”

Google further stated: “The reports received from 404 are over six years old and are examples of these flags – each one was reviewed and fixed at the time.”