Friday, 22 November, 2019

Google admits it lets hundreds of other companies access your Gmail inbox

These are Gmail's new features These are Gmail's new features
Emmett Howard | 21 September, 2018, 19:42

"Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data", Google's head of USA public policy, Susan Molinari, wrote in the letter, according to the Journal.

The senators asked whether Google was aware of "any instances of an app developer sharing Gmail user data with a third party for any purpose". Developers can also share information with outside companies, meaning information gleaned via email scanning could be used to inform advertisements, for example. "The reported lack of oversight from Google to ensure that Gmail data is properly safeguarded is cause for concern", the committee said at the time.

Even though Google claims to have stopped this practice a year ago, Congress would still like to know why it was allowed in the first place.

However, Google has told lawmakers that the company has protections in place to prevent potential abuse.

Omnipresent tech giant Google told U.S. senators that it lets third-party apps read data from Gmail accounts and share this information with marketers, even though Google itself allegedly stopped this practice past year. "Before a developer can access a Gmail user's data, they must obtain consent from the user", she wrote.

"Once they have been given access, we use machine learning (AI-powered software algorithms) to monitor those apps", Molinari added.

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Google also makes "the privacy policy easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access", said Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Americas at Google, in the letter.

To educate users, Google will serve up warnings when a third-party app is installed that'll indicate what data it seeks to obtain from your Gmail inbox, and if the app has been verified.

That report won the attention of USA lawmakers, who asked Google to explain what it was up to.

That includes both an automated and manual review of the developer of the software, along with scrutinizing the privacy policy relating to the app (and undertaking an assessment of the app's legitimacy).

The committee is expected to question the companies on their consumer-data privacy practices.

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