Many old content linked from Google Drive may become unavailable by mid-September. The owner of the service said that he intends to release an update that will allow more secure file sharing.
After the updates take effect on September 13, Drive will add special resource keys to the generated links.
System administrators will have to decide before July 23 how the security update will be applied to their organizations. They can choose to implement them with restrictions or even opt out of them altogether.
Regular users of Google services will begin receiving notification of changes from July 26 and will have to make similar decisions by September 13. They will also be able to refuse updates, but in a notification Google will let you know that such a choice is not recommended by the developer. The company advises against applying the update only to links to shared files.
Additionally, Google intends to change the YouTube addressing system – in this case, old links may also suffer. From July 23rd, videos categorized by the user as Access by Link and uploaded before 2017 will be categorized as Restricted if no action is taken. In this case, only the user himself and the people chosen by him will see them. The changes can be canceled until July 23 by filling out a special form or posting these videos to the public.