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Gmail Third-Party App Developers Allowed to Scan Your Emails by Google

03 July 2018, 07:55 | Jodi Jackson

App developers have been reading your Gmail, and it's alarmingly common

Software Developers are Scanning the Inboxes of Gmail Users

Privacy matters Google may have promised to stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for ad-targeting purposes past year, but it still lets third-party app developers read your private messages.

One company told the Wall Street Journal that the practice was "common" and a "dirty secret".

To find out and edit which third-party apps have access to your Gmail account, head to the My Account page and login.

Google "does little to police those developers, who train their computers - and, in some cases, employees - to read their users' emails", the Journal reported.

Not that long ago, Google promised its users that it will stop using bots to search for potential information, that could aid advertising, within their emails.

Google said that it provides data to outside developers who have been vetted and who have been granted permission by users to access their email.

Now You: Do you permit third-party apps access to important data? The popular email service, which has more than one billion users around the world, gave developers outside the company access to inboxes. While many of these companies in question utilise machines to go through users emails for keywords and phrases, some of them have it done manually by their employees.

While messages are typically processed by computer algorithms, the newspaper spoke to several companies where employees had read "thousands" of email messages.

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. Something else that's unclear is whether Gmail users are fully aware that individual employees may be reading their emails, as opposed to an automated system.

The companies said they didn't ask users about reading their emails because such language is "covered" by their user agreements. 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.

Gmail has almost 1.4 billion users globally - more users than the next 25 largest email providers combined.

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