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Email From Google to Drive Users Monday, July 26, 2021

Google has announced that on Monday, July 26, 2021, they will start sending an email to all Google Drive (and YouTube) users who will be affected by a security change they will make on September 13, 2021. An example of the email supplied by Google has been posted to Cornell Verified Communications.

The message will state on September 13, old links to certain files, which were put in Drive before 2017, will not work for anyone who has not already accessed the file through the link. The link will continue to work for anyone who has previously used it to get to the file.

Recipients of the email will be able to click a link in the email and see which of their files are affected so they can circulate the new link or replace the old one when used in web pages or API calls. The email also will link to guidance on sharing the new link, which may be referring to Share files from Google Drive.

This information is being circulated in case members of the Cornell community have questions about the validity or significance of the email from Google.

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