Despite promises, Google still lets developers access user emails

Despite promises, Google still lets developers access user emails
Not that long ago, Google promised its users that it will stop using bots to search for potential information, that could aid advertising, within their emails. However, new information surfaced in a report by The Wall Street Journal, that this practice is not only continuing, but emails are also read by employees of various third party app developers.

Although most of the work is still done by computers, in one case, a company called "Return Path" allowed some 8,000 emails to be read, unaltered, by its employees. While that number is just a drop in the ocean of email traffic, when it comes to privacy, most people wouldn't take even a tiny chance of someone unauthorized peeking into their inbox.

Developers swear that manual access is used only оn rare and special occasions and is solely to improve customer experience, but we've heard that reasoning enough times to know it's just something PR representatives are forced to say.

Before you start pointing fingers at Google, we should let you know that some of their competitors are guilty of the same sin. Microsoft and Oath Inc. (the Verizon company that acquired AOL and Yahoo!) are outed by the informants to also allow partnered developers access to users' emails. According to the sources, this "revelation" is nothing new within the industry as it is standard practice for most companies.

We are yet to see if this report will have enough of an impact to force email providers to keep their partners to higher privacy standards, something that would truly benefit the end user.

source: The Wall Street Journal via AppleInsider

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9 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

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2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Google promised it would stop scanning emails for the purpose of targeted ads. And it has stopped doing that. It does not say in the WSJ article they still do so. Also, Google doesn't just allow third parties to access your email. The user has to install an add-in and then explicitly give the add-in the permissions like read email in the popup. It's not like Google gives access without the user knowing. The user still has to install an add-in manually. This information I don't get from this article, which makes it seems like Google gives this access to third parties without user consent. Which is total nonsense.

4. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

......WithoutaClue definitely fits you right.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ah how sweet, did you come up with that reference all by yourself? Such a smart boy, your mom will be so proud

8. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

SSSShhhhhhhh! You can't let the truth out, it detracts from a good story.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Oops, my sincerest apologies, what was I thinking

3. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Instead of just pointing fingers, give us solutions. https://m.androidcentral.com/app-developers-are-going-through-your-email

23. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I don’t mind anyone reading my medical lessons. Let them study some xD

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