Maintaining and protecting user privacy is now very important, if your company fail you to do so, then what massacre it can bring we all know. Facebook is a real life example to all of this. Despite assuring users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount”, the search giant Google has been allowing third-party app developers to scan through inboxes of Gmail users.
It view’s details like recipient addresses, timestamps, and even entire messages. The reason behind to do so is that the developers require access to some data so they can build services for Gmail, and offers services like shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers, and in some cases employees to read their users emails the report further stated.
There are currently 1.4 billion users globally of Gmail. According to The Wall Street Journal – Google allows some of these developers to access to emails of millions of Gmail users and we just haven’t realized it so far. And according to The Verge Google told that it only gives data to vetted third-party developers and with users’ explicit consent.
Google has allow hundreds of third-party app developers. But according to a report Google’s own employees read emails only in very specific cases where you ask us to and give consent, or where we need to for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse. In 2017, Google said its computers will soon stop reading the emails of its Gmail users to personalize their ads.
There are about 2 third-party apps have come under particular scrutiny, one is Return Path and other one is Edison Software. Return Path collects data for marketers from users’ inboxes and it has access around over 8,000 emails in the past two years to fine-tune its software. Edison Software allowed its employees access to thousands of user emails to help develop the app’s Smart Reply feature. CEO of Edison Software, a Google developer, Mikael Berner said that it was common practice for employees to read the inboxes of hundreds of Gmail users in order to build a new feature. Not only Mikael Berner but there are other software developers who also said they go through inboxes to improve the user experience.
Google claims that it does a thorough vetting before it provides data to developers following the users consent. There are no news use where the third-party developers have misused data gathered from Gmail users. But the thing that your personal email being read by thousands of people is quite making uncomfortable. If we look at new update Google has introduce a new search functionality that enables users to find settings and other info they might be looking for in their account, like how to change the password. If you want to know how much access you have granted to apps and if you feel uncomfortable you can change the settings – CLICK HER TO KNOW
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