Jan 23 AT 3:39 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

New Google Calendar bug can add people to your private events

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Google Calendar is one of the most useful Google services ever created. A calendar that syncs across all devices is something many people simply can’t live without, especially if for those with a small business. However, it seems that there is a bug affecting Google Calendar right now, so you’ll have to be careful until it’s fixed.

If you create an event from a computer and insert an email address into the subject, Calendar will automatically add that person to the event, even if it’s private. This may be a sort of “smart” feature that adds those who you add via an email address, but it’s a bug when Calendar doesn’t ask you to confirm doing so.

If you use Google Calendar, keep this in mind when creating new events. Put someone’s name instead of their email address in the title, just to be safe (though I don’t know how many people tend to put emails in the subject of calendar events). Hopefully Google will get right on fixing this.

Via: Droid-Life

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • cj100570

    Really? How is this a bug? It does exactly as expected if you put an email address in. Besides, who puts email addresses in the what field anyway? This is much ado about less than nothing. Next people will call it bug when they call someone and they actually get connected!

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      The difference is that when you call, you’re entering a number into a field that calls. When you enter an email address into a calendar event, it’s to remind you of something. Especially when your events are set to private. It shouldn’t bypass your privacy settings and add someone without your consent, especially when your actions are not DIRECTLY inviting them.

      • Vance

        But the report implies this is specific to the SUBJECT field. Put the email address literally anywhere else. It’s a workflow issue, not necessarily a bug. If you MUST put an email on a calendar item (which in of itself tells me you’re doing it wrong), then put it in the description and be done with it.

  • ibap

    Kind of an odd bug, but if the subject were to be to remind the “attendees” to send an e-birthday card to the recipient, and you wanted it to be a surprise, it would be spoiled.

    And it’s a bug because it’s pulling an attendee address from a field that doesn’t have anything to do with who is attending! This is akin to scouring an email for the word “attachment”, and adding the last file you worked on.

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  • Scott Robertson

    Its not new. It’s not a bug.

  • GE918

    Bug or not, how long will it be before its fixed?

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