Third-Party Developers Reportedly Allowed To Scan Gmail Users’ Emails

Jul 04, 2018, 14:16
Third-Party Developers Reportedly Allowed To Scan Gmail Users’ Emails

"Email data collectors use software to scan millions of messages a day, looking for clues about consumers that they can sell to marketers, hedge funds, and other businesses".

Google is allowing app developers to sift through your Gmail account.

Accurately represent themselves: Apps should not misrepresent their identity and must be clear about how they are using your data.

"Some people might consider that to be a dirty secret", Mr Loder told the Wall Street Journal.

The company has used a blog post to respond to the concerns raised by the Wall Street Journal, insisting that it carefully vets any third party that has access to sensitive data. No, but third-party apps might be.

Recently a report surfaced online suggesting that third party software developers can read private emails of Gmail users.

"It includes automated and manual review of the developer, assessment of the app's privacy policy and homepage to ensure it is a legitimate app, and in-app testing to ensure the app works as it says it does", Frey noted. Google, whose Gmail service is the most popular of its kind at over a billion active users, has insisted that its current developer policies cover this practice. Employees of Edison Software apparently reviewed the emails of hundreds of its users to make a new feature for its mobile app that reads and organizes your email.

"It might well be mentioned in there, but it's not what you would think of as reasonable, for a human being in a third-party company to be able to read your emails". According to the report, hundreds of outside developers are being allowed by Google to scan the inboxes of users who have previously signed up for newsletters on various websites. All the top tech companies are under pressure in the United States and in Europe to do more to protect user privacy and to be more transparent about any parties with access to people's data.

"You can also view and control permissions within myaccount.google.com under Apps".

Letting employees read user emails has become "common practice" for companies that collect this type of data, says Thede Loder, the former chief technology officer at eDataSource Inc., a rival to Return Path.

Although Tobok has suggestions for protecting personal information on Gmail and other email services, he says there are always risks with companies that make their money by selling data.

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