Google Still Allows Third-Party Apps to Go Through Your Gmail Data

In a letter to law enforcement authorities, Google has revealed that third-party developers have access to Gmail data of users. It means that an application, service or extension made for Gmail will have the built-in ability to access email data and other account details. More importantly, developers have the permission to share the data for their analytics and other purposes. Susan Molinari, who is the Vice President of Public Policy and governmental affairs for the Americas, was quoted saying that “Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data, the privacy policy easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access,”

In brief, Google is defending the position that developers have complete control over users’ email data — as long as the developer complies with the Google policies. Google has been trying to draw a fine line here, as it’s offering some control for the customer. Google adds that the user has the ability to revoke certain apps from accessing the data, and that users are prompted before specific permissions are given. The company is also taking the stance that users can either remove particular apps or stop using the apps altogether. This is not the first time Google is being questioned regarding the nature of data management.

Earlier, the tech giant was accused of scanning email contents in Gmail for advertisement optimization. This practice was stopped last year, following huge uproar from common users and activists alike. In the letter mentioned above, the VP of governmental affairs added that except in a few cases, no Google employees have the ability to go through personal messages of the user. This intervention may happen in the case of alleged abuses. Several senators are now rising concerns about online privacy and digital security.

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