Someone requested access to one of my private documents in Google Drive without me sharing any links. How do they know this document exists and have access to the title when it is a private document owned solely by me?
GetHuman-afulsher's customer service issue with Google from November 2018
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I use Google Docs to keep track of graduate school information because I use multiple computers when researching different programs. I love that I don't need to carry my bulky laptop everywhere with me. I also use Google Sheets for work to share schedules with all my coworkers* it's great we can all access the spreadsheet at the same time. ... I received an email notification that someone was requesting access to one of my private documents in Google Drive. While I've shared a different Google Doc with her through work, this "untitled document" was private and non-work related. I find it intrusive that someone could request access to a document they have no right to know even exists. While the content is still not shared, the fact they could even access the title of the document is an invasion of my privacy and I no longer feel secure using Google Drive if even my unshared documents can be known by others. I hope this is just a glitch and that Google will make unshared documents completely inaccessible to others--title and content--unless expressly shared with them.
Recently a coworker requested access to my personal "Untitled Document," which I have not shared with anyone. It is very intrusive that my personal and private document could be known by someone else without me sharing the link. Even though my coworker cannot access the content of the document, even knowing that it exists, accessing the title, and requesting access violates my privacy and makes it more vulnerable for accidental sharing. For example, after receiving the request for access, I was prompted to share the link with them--a simple mistake like pressing the share button when I didn't mean to or thinking they were requesting a work related document and not a private one could have given them unintended access to my personal documents.
Other people should not be able to request access to Google Drive documents and files that are marked as private and have not been shared with them. The default setting should be COMPLETELY private and require the owner to switch a setting from private to public (or the various access points currently available) before others can request access to the documents.
I've been using Google Drive throughout my high school and college careers* I continue to use it in my post-graduation work experience. I think it's great not only for me personally to keep track of documents on multiple devices, but in a collaborative setting as well. I appreciate being able to work on projects with classmates and coworkers without having to physically meet, since scheduling a place and time many people can agree on is difficult.
I've looked on help forums and have tried changing my privacy settings.
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