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Google Addresses Controversy Over App Developers Having Access To Users’ Gmail Accounts


Google published a blog post in order to address a story that appeared in The Wall Street Journal detailing how common it is for third-party app developers to read and analyzed the contents of your Gmail message.

“Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount. But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools,” this is how the story of WSJ begins.

Google addresses the issue in a new blog post 

Google did not offer any substantially new details into the industry practice, but they did outline measures that a user and business organization that’s using G Suite can do in order to protect their security and privacy.

Google also underlined their commitment to vetting third-party apps and services that have access to sensitive Gmail information.

“A vibrant ecosystem of non-Google apps gives you choice and helps you get the most out of your email,” reads the company’s blog post, written by Suzanne Frey, the director of the company’s Security, Trust, & Privacy division of Google Cloud.

“However, before a published, non-Google app can access your Gmail messages, it goes through a multi-step review process that 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,” she continues.

Tips to keep your data protected 

There are also mentioned a few tips that will help users make sure that their data is protected.

These include reviewing the permissions screen just before giving access to an app that is not Google’s and using the company’s Security Checkup tool to check what devices have logged into users’ accounts, which third-party apps have access to the accounts and what permissions they have.