Third-party app developers could be reading your Gmail

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Today in Of Course Silicon Valley Doesn't Care About You, we have Google confirming that "human staff" are allowed to read users' private emails under certain circumstances.

Google plainly states, that "When you give an app full account access, it can see and change almost all information in your Google Account".

Google, whose popular email service has more than one billion users around the world, confirmed it allows hundreds of developers outside the company access to users' inboxes when given user permission, but says the companies are thoroughly vetted and bound by strict rules on the usage of data.

It said Facebook for years let outside developers have access but claimed the practice was stopped by 2015.

One could say that users are responsible for granting access to their data. You are not permitted to access, aggregate, or analyze Google user data if the data will be displayed, sold, or otherwise distributed to a third party conducting surveillance. It may do some internal testing to make sure of this, as well.

If you're concerned about third-parties potentially reading your messages you can stop this by visiting Google's Security Check-up page.

While these kind of apps do ask for user consent, numerous forms don't make it explicitly clear that a human will be reading through your emails, not just a machine. In other words: if you grant a company access to your email data, it may be that human employees read it.

The opt-in notification users receive.

The revelation could not have come at a worse time as, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, software companies are taking extra steps to protect data privacy of its users.

Google responded Tuesday to a backlash surrounding Gmail, after it was reported that employees at third-party apps could read people's emails.

With Gmail being a free email service, it makes sense that Google would need to find a way to make money, right?

It's obvious what Google apps are - things like Chrome and Drive.

However it isn't as nefarious as you might think as these scans were conducted using apps that users would have had to give permission to.

"Overall there should be no surprises for Google users: hidden features, services, or actions that are inconsistent with the marketed objective of your application may lead Google to suspend [access]".

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