Google allowing 3rd-party developers to scan your Gmail
Google allowing 3rd-party developers to scan your Gmail
App developers have been reading your Gmail, and it's alarmingly common
04 July, 2018, 07:23
With 1.4 billion users Gmail is the most popular email service, however Google says the practice is not against its policies., reported the BBC. "Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers - and, in some cases, employees - to read their users' emails", it said. Some allow people to write emails in special fonts, or to make it easier to find images to send to others, while others make it easier for people to organise their emails into folders.
According to the Wall Street Journal, users of third party applications offering email-based services, including price comparison tools or productivity software, may not be aware that the permissions they have granted are actually letting computers and humans access their personal messages.
According to Google, it provides data only to outside developers it has vetted and to whom users have explicitly granted permission to access email. In June previous year, Google stopped scanning user's emails, which was being done to provide personalised ads.
The opt-in notification users receive.
Using a service like Gmail puts you at the mercy of companies like Google. A huge scandal developed, however, when one developer sold data on tens of millions of users to a research firm that served political campaigns. It may do some internal testing to make sure of this, as well. The search giant even rolled out new features for Android users that give them better control over privacy settings in their Gmail accounts. "We have since stopped this practice and expunged all such data in order to stay consistent with our company's commitment to achieving the highest standards possible for ensuring privacy".
Companies that spoke to The Journal confirmed that the practice was specified in their user agreements and said they had implemented strict rules for employees regarding the handling of email. The same executives admitting Google's laissez-faire attitude also fingered other email providers like Microsoft and Yahoo as equally culpable, making us wonder just how hypocritical the Redmond giant's "Scroogled" campaign may have been.
While these kind of apps do ask for user consent, numerous forms don't make it explicitly clear that a human will be reading through your emails, not just a machine.
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