Millions of people are believed to have installed Gmail apps. That means third-party apps must represent their identity accurately and request only the data relevant to their objective.
"Some people might consider that to be a dirty secret". The Wall Street Journal reports that while many of these companies use algorithms to trawl through your emails for keywords, some allow their employees to examine them, too. No, but third-party apps might be. You always have the option to head over to your settings and remove access to any of the apps that have asked you for permission to read your inboxes to offer you services like email and calendar reminders.
Google has confirmed anyone who has linked third-party apps to their accounts may have unknowingly allowed third-party developers to read their private emails.
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The category that you'll want to pay particularly close attention to, however, are apps that are labeled "Third-party apps with account access".
Both companies told the WSJ that the practice is covered under their user agreements, and that its employees have strict rules about what they can and can't do with the emails they read. According to the report, hundreds of outside developers are being allowed by Google to scan the inboxes of users who have previously signed up for newsletters on various websites. Coming to Edison Software, they are a company that help users in managing their emails.
In a blog post about the story, Google stressed that developers must provide clear guidance on how people's data will be used. Gmail's primary business model is to sell our paid email service to organizations as a part of G Suite.