Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

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

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

This is done by showing users ads based on what they like, which in the past Google used to scan the emails of users to see what they might be interested in.

Google plainly states, that "When you give an app full account access, it can see and change almost all information in your Google Account".

The "Third-party apps with account access" typically have access to much more than just your basic profile information.

One could say that users are responsible for granting access to their data. The WSJ also says that while computers do most of this work, human employees read about 8,000 emails to help train the software.

But it turns out that your email isn't perfectly confidential as actual humans might be reading the emails you send and receive.

The app companies say that their actions are covered by their user agreements. Because the messages aren't end-to-end encrypted, the company has the ability to read them whenever it wants.

"As anyone who knows anything about software knows, humans program software - artificial intelligence comes directly from human intelligence", Return Path founder Matt Blumberg wrote, adding that the company takes "great care to limit who has access to the data, supervise all access to the data, deploying a Virtual Safety Room, where data can not leave this VSR and all data is destroyed after the work is completed".

Gmail has about 1.4 billion users while Microsoft and Oath, the group formed after Verizon bough Yahoo!, are the next two biggest email providers. No, it's not Google, this time around, but this privacy-infringing feature does affect Gmail, which happens to be the world's top email service.

These IT employees are permitted to use systems or even other workers to read user emails. "Signing in with Google" apps use your Google Account to sign into other website or apps.

You may need to research each individual program or service to make an educated decision.

"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]".

The three groups are apps that allow for "Signing in with Google", "Third-party apps with account access", and "Google apps".

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