Monday, 23 July, 2018

Google allowing 3rd-party developers to scan your Gmail

Software Developers are Scanning the Inboxes of Gmail Users App developers have been reading your Gmail, and it's alarmingly common
Oscar Goodwin | 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.

Recommended

  • Galaxy Tab S4 render leak: looks familiar

    Galaxy Tab S4 render leak: looks familiar

    The smartphone is bundled with an inbuilt storage space of 64GB which can further be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. While there is no confirmation, the Galaxy Tab S4 might come powered by last-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor.
    LeBron James will not drag out free agent process

    LeBron James will not drag out free agent process

    Per the Times, the Mavericks did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade, preferring to pursue Jordan via free agency. James already has some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company.
    Horrifying! 11 members of a family found hanging in Delhi

    Horrifying! 11 members of a family found hanging in Delhi

    Every morning, their shop would open by 6, but when it didn't till 7.30 today, a neighbour went to check on the family. The police are looking to ascertain if it is a case of mass suicide or the bodies were hanged after being killed.
  • Young girl killed after being thrown from bouncy castle in Norfolk

    Young girl killed after being thrown from bouncy castle in Norfolk

    Some eyewitnesses said the bouncy castle "exploded" and the child was then thrown into the air. She sustained serious injuries and died in hospital. "I will never let my son on one again".
    Osorio promises Mexico will attack 'best in the world' Brazil

    Osorio promises Mexico will attack 'best in the world' Brazil

    Replays showed that Layun did in fact step on Neymar's leg, but his exaggerated reaction after the foul was something to behold. Mexico and Brazil kick off 2018 World Cup soccer games on Monday in the highest profile knockout stage game thus far.
    Belgium seek quarterfinal spot against underdog Japan

    Belgium seek quarterfinal spot against underdog Japan

    How and where to watch online FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium v/s Japan live streaming? "Two years ago we had a few injuries". Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata passes the challenge of Belgium's Marc Wilmots. "It will definitely be a hard match".
  • Mavs land C Jordan on 1-year deal

    Mavs land C Jordan on 1-year deal

    The 6-foot-11 big man has now set his sights on joining Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks , per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski . Clippers beat writer Brad Turner reported that Dallas wasn't interested in trading multiple picks to Los Angeles in the deal .
    Priyanka Chopra Said the Cutest Thing About Nick Jonas

    Priyanka Chopra Said the Cutest Thing About Nick Jonas

    Isha Ambani and Shloka Mehta looked stunning as they chose traditional couture outfits by ace designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. The engagement had taken place at a small ceremony in Goa with Mukesh Ambani and his mother Kokilaben being present.
    Trump Rejects Calls To Abolish ICE: 'Zero Chance, It Will Never Happen!'

    Trump Rejects Calls To Abolish ICE: 'Zero Chance, It Will Never Happen!'

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit". Sharaf and co-organizer Erin Conroy are coordinating their efforts with immigrant advocacy groups.
  • Sanders: Trump will lower flags for victims of Capital Gazette shooting

    Sanders: Trump will lower flags for victims of Capital Gazette shooting

    The decision follows a request over the weekend by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, D, which he said was initially not granted. It was one of three letters Ramos sent before last week's shooting , Anne Arundel County police said Monday .
    Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends

    Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends

    Next up for the underdogs is France and if they can snatch the first goal, their defence could see them through to the final four. Russian Federation 2018 was the 33-year-old's third World Cup and it's unlikely he will be available for Qatar four years time.
    Germany's World Cup failure met with schadenfreude from German newspaper

    Germany's World Cup failure met with schadenfreude from German newspaper

    Having lost to Uruguay 3:0 Russian Federation still made it to the 1/8 finals where it is going to face the Spanish team. Top stat: With nine goals scored in their three group games, Belgium are the top scorers in the competition.

Thailand cave rescue: Medics reach trapped boys Thailand cave rescue: Medics reach trapped boys The governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said that all 13 were found safe at about 10:30 pm local time Monday. Other teams are still scouring the mountainside in the hope of finding another way in to the cave. "I want to give him a hug".

Syrian rebels lose string of southwest towns Syrian rebels lose string of southwest towns Israeli officials said they can't possibly take in 160,000 refugees, but are trying to do everything possible to help them. So far, about 100 civilians have been killed in air raids and shelling since June 19, it said.

The OnePlus 6's latest color option is making us red with envy The OnePlus 6's latest color option is making us red with envy Are you going to try to snag one later this month? The OnePlus 6 Red will also be sold in India starting July 16th for ₹39,999. With this move, OnePlus has definitely garnered a lot of attention from the buyers and tech enthusiasts alike.

LeBron James to opt out, will become a free agent LeBron James to opt out, will become a free agent Even if James is involved in the meetings, he has no interest in hearing elaborate pitches from teams, ESPN reported this week . James flew from the Caribbean island of Anguilla and landed in Van Nuys just after 11 a.m.

Clippers have made trading for Kawhi Leonard a high priority Clippers have made trading for Kawhi Leonard a high priority Spurs teammates questioned the severity of the injury as Leonard's absence continued after the team had cleared him medically. With Leonard adamant about joining the Lakers either now or as a free agent in 2019, the Spurs don't have much leverage.

Trump's Tweet on Deal With Saudi King Makes Oil Prices Plummet After the USA withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal in May, it said it would reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran by November.

Hero pup saves owner from rattlesnake bite in Arizona Hero pup saves owner from rattlesnake bite in Arizona Friends of Todd has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Anthem Pets Animal Rescue. As a result, the snake bit the dog right on the face.

Gareth Southgate urges England players to 'write their own stories' Gareth Southgate urges England players to 'write their own stories' I used to just dribble and stay wide and now I'm in the box more and getting more opportunities". He got it right most of the time last season but we need a bit extra to push for the title".

Trump paints Democrats as 'radical left' over calls to abolish ICE Trump paints Democrats as 'radical left' over calls to abolish ICE Kirsten Gillibrand , D-N.Y., joins activists at the Supreme Court in Washington, June 28, 2018. Elected Democrats are also beginning to endorse the movement.

South Korea ends World Cup campaign with mixed feelings South Korea ends World Cup campaign with mixed feelings KAZAN, Russia-The tears flowed on both sides of the field after South Korea beat Germany at the World Cup. Suele made his first World Cup appearance as a replacement for Jerome Boateng .

Jerami Grant Returning to Thunder on 3-Year, $27 Million Deal Jerami Grant Returning to Thunder on 3-Year, $27 Million Deal The Clippers also will soon meet with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played for the Lakers last season, an executive said . It was thought for a long time that George and fellow free agent star LeBron James could head to the Lakers together.

Google Home and Chromecast devices are suffering worldwide outage Google Home and Chromecast devices are suffering worldwide outage If you're also receiving this specific error message, don't bother resetting the speaker like I did because it won't fix anything. Hopefully, Google delivers a fix for these problems soon, as these issues obviously render Home and Chromecast hardware useless.

England's World Cup odds improve despite Belgium defeat England's World Cup odds improve despite Belgium defeat How does Southgate play this one, then? I know in some quarters that will be criticised but I am entirely comfortable with that. That is the least of my concerns. "Everybody knows the most important game is the knockout round".

Bali Holiday Plans And Flights In Chaos After Mount Agung Erupts, Again Bali Holiday Plans And Flights In Chaos After Mount Agung Erupts, Again Bali's main worldwide gateway will be closed until at least Friday evening, according to officials who spoke to AFP news agency. Airlines cancelled mostly worldwide flights after the closure on Thursday, affecting more than 8000 passengers affected.

Women’s March Calls for Abolishing Border Security at D.C. Protest Women’s March Calls for Abolishing Border Security at D.C. Protest In all, Capitol police arrested at least 575 women for the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol. Gillibrand said, adding the protests were an "amazing" act of defiance against the Trump administration.