Possibility to delete files that one does not own
On about April 9, 2011, some of this protection was lost as a result of changes announced in . I think it constitutes a design error or a programming error, but this has not been acknowledged from the Google side. Here I just want to document the situation from the perspective of a user who has lost files that he or she owned. If such files were part of a collection owned by someone else then that other person could have deleted the collection and the files. In the most extreme circumstance we have a collection L0 owned by Alice and a file doc0 owned by Bob; doc0 was created inside L0 but Bob has removed L0 from his listing and has arranged that doc0 is not shared with anyone. Alice can see L0 in her listing but she cannot see doc0; Bob can see doc0 but he cannot see L0. Nevertheless, when Alice deletes L0 the file doc0 is deleted too, also for Bob. Quite possibly Bob will not have a clue what happened except that his files were somehow lost, and Alice will be unaware even that anything is amiss.
That was the most extreme circumstance, and how to bring it about is described in my comments under . Here is the simplest situation for deleting a file that one does not own. Alice creates collection L0 and shares it to Bob with edit permission. Bob creates file doc0 under L0. Alice now deletes L0, and thereby also deletes doc0. It has been this way since April 9, I believe, and I call it an error. Perhaps the mechanism has been involved in some reports of lost files since April 9.
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