Privacy Issue Causes Google To Disable Photos On Android TV Devices

Posted by at 7:02 pm on March 6, 2019

 

A major Android TV bug has Google disabling the viewing Google Photos on Android TV devices completely.

When using his Android TV-powered Vu LED TV and setting up Backdrop/Ambient Mode with a Pixel 2 XL, Twitter user Prashanth found a long list of accounts complete with names and profile photos for each. He couldn’t view these users’ photos on his TV, which was running Android 7.0, but being able to see all of these other accounts is still a serious security issue. Prashanth couldn’t replicate the bug on a Xiaomi Mi Box with Android 8.0.

That doesn’t mean that having an old version of Android is to blame, though, because Twitter user Aarjith ran into the same issue on an iFFalcon TV running Android 8.0.

A few oays after Prashanth discovered this bug, Google responded:

“We take our users’ privacy extremely seriously,” the company told Android Police. “While we investigate this bug, we have disabled the ability to remotely cast via the Google Assistant or view photos from Google Photos on Android TV devices.”

Vu Technologies PVT LTD, the manufacturer of Prashanth’s television, has confirmed that this bug is not being caused by a Vu TV but instead is related to the Google Home app.

“We take your privacy very seriously. Vu has a long-standing commitment to protecting the privacy of the personal information that our customers entrusts to us,” Vu said.

We all hope Google quickly fix the issue so Android TV users can go back to accessing their photos on their TV and OTA devices.

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