Third-party developers able to scan Gmail accounts

Third-party developers able to scan Gmail accounts

Fresh reports have now emerged that claim Google allowed third-party app developers to read and browse through the emails of millions of Gmail users.

"Data-mining companies commonly use free apps and services to hook users into giving up access to their inboxes without clearly stating what data they collect and what they are doing with it, according to current and former employees of these companies", the report said.

"Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers - and, in some cases, employees - to read their users' emails", the report further stated. We suggested the very same thing past year after a big Google Docs phishing scam hit Google users.

But the Journal found that Google "continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools".

Google told The Verge, which reported on the story of the Wall Street Journal, that all companies are vetted before they are allowed to request user data.

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Oath said access to email data was "on a case-by-case basis" and needed "express consent" from users.

Two third-party apps have come under particular scrutiny. In other words: if you grant a company access to your email data, it may be that human employees read it. Its employees examined hundreds of user emails in order to build a new feature for the app.

To recall, Google back in 2017, said its computers will soon stop reading the emails of its Gmail users to personalise their ads.

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.

Gmail's opt-in alert spells out generally what a user is agreeing to. He says engineers at eDataSource occasionally reviewed emails when building and improving software algorithms. Developers swear that manual access is used only оn rare and special occasions and is exclusively to improve customer experience, but we've heard that reasoning enough times to know it's just something PR representatives are forced to say.

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