Google Analytics admin emails sent to Search Console users in latest bug
Why you should care
In yet another example of a bug causing privacy issues for tech users, Google said a bug caused the emails of Search Analytics administrators to be sent to people who added the administrator’s site to Search Console but had not been marked as owners.
In an email received by Glenn Gabe of G-Squared Consulting, The Search Console Team said, “Between November 12, 2018 – November 12, 2018, a bug caused a confirmation email containing your email address to be inadvertently sent to Search Console users who had added your site to their Search Console account, but were not marked as owners.”
Google says no other data other than the email address was disclosed and “there has been no other unauthorized access to your Google Analytics or Search Console accounts as a result of this bug.”
I’m not a big fan of GSC auto-verification via GA. Although benign, this is why. There was a bug with GSC verification via GA on 11/12. Emails were sent out to users vs owners containing the person’s email address. Only owners were supposed to see those emails. @rustybrick pic.twitter.com/i6uhi2bQIG
— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) December 7, 2018