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Google acknowledges Calendar bug could invite people to private events

Google says don't put email addresses into Calendars for now

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Google acknowledges Calendar bug could invite people to private events

Google has made its email service Gmail and online calendar service popular with web users around the world. The search giant has confirmed that there is a bug in its Calendar offering that could accidentally invite people to your private events. That could create some embarrassment. It could be particularly bothersome if you use Google Calendar as a reminder service as developer Terence Eden's wife found out reports FirstPost.

Eden says that his wife uses Google Calendar as a reminder service and put in a note to ask her boss for a raise. When she entered his email address in the reminder, he was invited to the event. It had to be a bit awkward to get that invite for the boss and for her.

Google has acknowledged the bug and says that it is working to fix the issue. Unfortunately for Eden, Google says that since the bug has nothing to do with security, it isn't eligible for the Google Bug Bounty program.

Google says the solution for this for now is to not put email addresses in your Calendar events. “There are two main risks here – the user could expose her private Gmail account and associated Google+ data, and she could also reveal her private thoughts and feelings,” Eden wrote in his blog. “Google really needs to work harder at protecting the privacy of its users.”


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