Google Still Allowing Third-Party Apps Read Your Gmail: ReportWeb & Apps

September 21, 2018 17:25
Google Still Allowing Third-Party Apps Read Your Gmail: Report

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After going through a backlash over reports in July that third-party app developers can read your Gmail, Google has over again defended its policy to allow third-party apps to access and share data from Gmail accounts.

According to a CNNMoney report on Thursday, Gmail allows third-party developers to integrate services into its email platform.

"Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data," said the report, quoting from a Google letter sent to the United States Senators.

Google as well makes "the privacy policy easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access", said Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Americas at Google, in the letter.

In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that despite assuring users to "remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount", the search giant is still letting third-party app developers scan through Gmail accounts.

Gmail has about 1.4 billion users worldwide - more users than the next 25 sizable email providers combined.

Later, Google said in a blog post that the company is endlessly vetting developers and their apps that incorporate with Gmail before it opens them for broad access.

According to Google, it gives both enterprise admins and individual consumers transparency and control over how their data is used.

"We make it possible for applications from other developers to integrate with Gmail - like email clients, trip planners and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems - so that you have options around how you access and use your email," said Suzanne Frey, Director, Security, Trust and Privacy, Google Cloud.

It said that before a published, non-Google app can access your Gmail messages, it goes through a multi-step review process at the company, it said.

"It includes an 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.

In 2017, Google had said its computers will shortly stop reading the emails of its Gmail users to personalize their ads.

By Sowmya Sangam

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