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March 12, 2019

Gmail, Google Drive hit with global outage

Ruh roh:

Gmail has been hit by an outage affecting users around the world, with outage reports spiking and Gmail users flooding social media to complain about problems sending emails.

Some users are also reporting issues with Google Drive, including spotty performance and certain file types not opening.

According to a message posted on Google’s GSuite Status Dashboard at 1:53 p.m. ET, both Gmail and Google Drive are experiencing what it describes as a “service disruption.”

People who have trusted Google with their data are naturally not happy that it’s inaccessible. There’s quite a bit of griping on Twitter, which is typical of a service outage.

The moral of the story? Don’t trust Google with your data. Keep a local copy that’s always accessible and choose providers that care about your privacy (unlike Google).

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