Googles lets developers access user emails2018-07-03 17:19 by Daniela
Despite promising to stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for ad-targeting purposes last year, it turns out Google still lets third-party app developers read your private messages. The Wall Street Journal reports that while many of these companies use algorithms to trawl through your emails for keywords, some allow their employees to examine them, too.
According to the report, 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.
Companies like Return Path Inc., which collects marketing data from people who sign up for one of the company's free apps, can scan and analyze about 100 million emails each day. Employees of another company - 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.
Google says that it strictly vets outside developers that want access to Gmail data and only grants access with the explicit consent of users.
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