Google allowing third party app developers access to millions of gmail accounts


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.

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

"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.

"It 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", Frey noted. But thinking developers weren't going through users' emails was simply naive.

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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".

Before third-party developers can access private emails, they need to pass a review process comprised of multiple steps created to both automatically and manually evaluate the developer, assess the app's privacy policy - ensuring its legitimacy-, and test the app to verify its function.

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.