Monday, 24 September, 2018

Google reportedly allows outside app developers to read people's Gmails

Gmail opti-in GoogleGmail’s opt-in alert spells out generally what a user is agreeing
| 04 July, 2018, 07:25

The report has specifically mentioned two apps in its report, Return Path and Edison Software. Companies may reveal additional details about how data is processed but most users don't read privacy policies, terms of service, and other legal documents prior to allowing access to their data or installing applications.

The Wall Street Journal, which was the first to point this out, called it "tech's dirty secret" that has been kept under wraps for a long time. In their investigative report, it's further alleged that "hundreds" of software developers are able to scan the emails of users who have signed up for apps ranging in type from price comparison tools to travel planners.

The report asserts that Google's own employees read emails only "in very specific cases where you ask us to and give consent, or where we need to for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse". The Alphabet offshoot, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, did not disclose how many apps have Gmail access.

In a blog post about the story, Google stressed that developers must provide clear guidance on how people's data will be used. Most internet users have more than one email address, including work emails and personal ones. Coming to Edison Software, they are a company that help users in managing their emails.


A year ago, Google promised to stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail users, but the company has not done much to protect Gmail inboxes obtained by outside software developers, according to the newspaper.

"Overall there should be no surprises for Google users: hidden features, services, or actions that are inconsistent with the marketed goal of your application may lead Google to suspend [access]".

Google's mail service has always been criticized for the invasive practices of the company, which runs nearly entirely on employing all the data it collects on users to attract advertisers and target their wares to the people most likely to buy them. We leave our privacy at the door when we use products from Facebook and Google, and there's nothing that we can do about it.

If you want to find out which apps have access to your account information, it's rather simple.

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