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

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

Ostensibly, Google only allows vetted third-party developers to request such permissions, and the intention of these companies is to use this information for targeted shopping suggestions and advertising, but the concern remains over how closely these companies are monitored once they've been granted access. In 2017, Google said its computers will soon stop reading the emails of its Gmail users to personalise their ads.

The outside app companies receive access to messages from Gmail users who signed up for things like price-comparison services or automated travel-itinerary planners, according to The Journal. At one point about two years ago, Return Path employees read about 8,000 unredacted emails to help train the company's software, people familiar with the episode say. The Internet giant recently rolled out new features for Android users to make it easier for them to navigate their Gmail accounts and review security and privacy options. "Our email app was mentioned in the context of our engineers having in the past the ability to read a small random sample of de-identified messages for R&D purposes". Google declined to comment.

One of those companies is Return Path Inc., which collects data for marketers by scanning the inboxes of more than two million people who have signed up for one of the free apps in Return Path's partner network using a Gmail, Microsoft Corp. or Yahoo email address.

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The revelation comes at a bad time for Google and Gmail, the world's largest email service with 1.4 billion users. The increased scrutiny follows the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a data firm was accused of misusing the personal information of more than 80 million Facebook users in an attempt to sway elections.

People most susceptible to email skimming are those who have subscribed to various online services. This is done by showing users ads based on what they like, which in the past Google used to scan the emails of users to see what they might be interested in. It may do some internal testing to make sure of this, as well. Fresh reports have now emerged that claim Google allowed third-party app developers to read and browse through the emails of millions of Gmail users.

Google indicated that the practice was not against its policies.

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