@ggnoredo @finlaydag33k @pedro @coy this is not an issue at all, most of the big sites do this to make sharing easier. The URLs are public but the length of the string acts as a sort of password. Calculate how many different combinations you can have with those characters and I assure you it would be a number too big to do anything with. Theres a reason why this discovery isnt big news that everybody knows
@teko I think you underestimate the issue here.
The issue is not about Google scraping the images but "malicious" people scraping the images.
It'll take a tremendous amount of resources to do so but the fact that it's actually possible like this is just mind boggling.
If those Google engineers really where that smart as you claim, they'd probably have this link only in there if it was a public image to begin with.
@finlaydag33k passwords can be cracked even though it would take 100 years, lets get rid of passwords
Their service is not made for you, its made for the mass amounts of people who like to share things and they get to benefit off using it for advertising and using it to train for ML
@finlaydag33k I was always fully aware that malicious actors were the point being raised and I've never given any indication that I misunderstood that
@teko There's a difference between passwords, which are fairly insecure by design and what's going on here.
Google as made the conscious choice of putting your image available publically, even if I didn't give consent to it.
If I clicked an image and set it to "public" or "unlisted" then I understand this url is available.
If I did not, however, it shouldn't.
Simple as that.
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