The Wall Street Journalpublished a report about Gmail and Third Party developers reading users’ emails. On Monday, The WSJ wrote that Third Party App developers can read emails of millions of Gmail users. Gmail’s settings give permissions to companies and app developers to check users’ emails and view private details.
These details may include recipients’ addresses, time, and content of the message. As these third-party apps need users’ permit to check these details, but their agreement form isn’t is not so satisfying about it would allow humans and not just computers to read users’ emails.
Google’s Response to the controversy:
Google speaks about the matter in detail. The company’s representative says that it only gives these permissions to third-party developers after investigating them. The investigation includes checking whether a company has provided the correct identity that is presented through its app.
The blog is written by Suzanne Frey, the director of Security, Trust, & Privacy division of Google Cloud.
Tips for users regarding security:
The director also offers a few tips to ensure your data is in the hands of trusted sources. Those tips are reviewing the permissions screen before giving access to a non-Google app. Using the company’s Security Checkup tool to check what devices have logged into your account.
Checking which third-party apps have access to your Gmail. and cross-checking what permissions those apps have. Moreover, she adds “Google’s review process is designed to ensure companies and individuals do not misrepresent themselves and only request data relevant to the function they’re providing.”