Google assures no one is reading users emails, but…


Search engine giant has said that no one is reading the emails on Gmail without the permission of the users. While this might be true, but things are not so simple as it looks. A popular daily recently reported that there might be a chances that the third party developers might be reading the mails on Gmail, Google.

However, the search engine giant has assured by describing various ways to ensure security and privacy in the service. Suzanne Frey, the director of Security, Trust and Privacy at Google Cloud in a post admitted that Google allows third party developers to access the Gmail messages but only if the user grants permission and only after a strict review process is passed. Frey said, “Before a published, non-Google app can access your Gmail messages, it goes through a multi-step review process that includes automated and manual reviews 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”.

On the other hand the report from the leading daily has claimed That Google does not attempt much to monitor these developers. The report added that he employees of a company known as Return path read about 8,000 users mails two years back to help train its software. The usual practice of sharing user data with the third party firms had become common when it was revealed that Facebook had allows various third party apps to take charge of massive amount of user data for their own purposes.

However, the search engine giant was more careful than the social network when it came to protecting the privacy. For instance, the company had stopped using the content of the user emails on Gmail to personalize its ads in 2017. It is up to the users to be careful in terms of granting permissions in Gmail to the third party apps.

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