Gmail messages read by human third parties

04 Julio, 2018, 07:25 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Software Developers are Scanning the Inboxes of Gmail Users

According to the Wall Street Journal, this permission sometimes allows employees of third-party apps to read users' emails. 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.

CEO of Edison Software, a Google developer, Mikael Berner said that it was common practice for employees to read the inboxes of hundreds of Gmail users in order to build a new feature. Some allow people to write emails in special fonts, or to make it easier to find images to send to others, while others make it easier for people to organise their emails into folders.

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

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

There is no suggestion that the named tech companies have misused email data.

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But you should make sure you trust the apps and developers that have such access to your accounts and that you are only giving them as much access as they need. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers-and, in some cases, employees-to read their users' emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

Marketing company Return Path and email organization tool designer Edison Software were both name-checked in the newspaper's investigation this week, which revealed that some automated systems had the ability to analyze 100 million emails every day.

Return Path posted a response to the report on its website, saying it had worked with the reporter on the story and felt they were "extremely and somewhat carelessly selective" in what information the reporter chose to include. The same executives admitting Google's laissez-faire attitude also fingered other email providers like Microsoft and Yahoo as equally culpable, making us wonder just how hypocritical the Redmond giant's "Scroogled" campaign may have been.

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

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