The Wall Street Journal: Google allows developers to read your email

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Google has let hundreds of developers get full access to the email on their Gmail account to users, viewing a review from The Wall Street Journal. Developers can read through each email uncensored.

Open to developers. Google lets developers get full access to users Gmail inbox. Here, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, talks about Gmail at a conference on May 8 this year.

A year ago, Google promised that they should stop using their computers to scan emails looking for information to personalize ads. This motivated users to “… continue to make sure Google will maintain privacy and security as top priority.”

Still, they still allow hundreds of software developers to gain access to Gmail inboxes. A survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) shows that Google does little to ensure that developers are using the data safely. It also varies whether there are computers that scan the emails and summarize the results, or whether there are actual people reading through.

Gather data through third party apps

There are a variety of apps that you can connect to your Gmail account. The apps analyze the inbox and, for example, offer auto price comparison on shopping, or generate travel plans based on emails from travel agencies, airlines, and rental companies.

Many of the apps also collect other data from your inbox, used by developers and marketers to customize which ads you see, according to WSJ.

Have you gotten? Facebook has also worn third parties to collect data illegally.

According to the newspaper, Return Path is one of the companies that has obtained information in this way. They are partners with a variety of apps.

In addition to computers reading through the e-mail, Return Path two years ago asked employees to read 8,000 unsensored emails that were not anonymized. The company claims that this was done to educate the software to extract information on its own.

Thede Loder is former development manager of Edatasource, the competitor of Return Path. He tells WSJ that the normal practice in the industry to let employees read through e-mail.

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