Gmail gives access to third-party app developers to read your mails

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Image Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/2/17527972/gmail-app-developers-full-email-access

Gmail Promises of respecting users’ privacy online will remain what they are—hoax. Perhaps, the only way not to get fooled with these empty promises is not to have a presence on the internet. Time and time again Facebook and the likes failed to match words with actions—are we ever going to see an end to all these invasion on our collective privacy? Just when we thought that things could not get any worse, The Wall Street Journal reports that third-party apps through the permission granted by Gmail have access to read our mails.

Email access is made possible by settings that allows data companies and app developers view and see private details that include time stamps, addresses of recipient, and entire messages.

However, Google has told The Verge that it only “gives data to vetted third-party developers and not without the explicit consent of the user. That said, the company added that not all third-party developers get access to Gmail, even though the exact number of rejected applications were not given.

In a statement made available to WSJ, Google said employees may also read emails mostly in situations where users granted them permission to do so. Other cases would be when a security situation arises such as when Google is investigating an abuse or a bug.

In other words, Google told WSJ that it accesses your Gmail in “very specific cases where you ask us to and give consent, or where we need to for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse,”

So far there has not been any evidence of abuse of data in Gmail, and one would only hope things do not get to the point where these third-party developers would abuse the privilege that they have.

Still, the fact that persons other than the original owners of the accounts can read private emails could upset users around the world. Perhaps, the way forward would be for Google to review its account permission process since it is almost impossible not to use your Gmail without granting access to some of these third-party apps.

You can decide on your own to bring an end to the access granted to these apps in your Gmail account by revoking the permission earlier given. Click here, follow the instruction on the page, and you won’t ever have to tell a story that touches the heart anytime in the future.

In May 2017, Google confirmed that a phishing attack was launched by hackers on Google Docs. In a tweet on its Google Docs Twitter page, the company said: “We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs. We encourage you to not click through & report as phishing within Gmail.”

It however, said in a follow-up tweet shortly after, that it had resolved the issue, but provided a link for anyone who feels or knows that his account has been compromised to visit and make necessary changes.

The tweet followed complaints from some users about receiving suspicious emails in their Gmail account. The malicious emails, according to Forbes, were sent from contacts, asking people [Gmail account users] to open a Google Doc. Anyone who falls for this, is immediately asked to give authorizations to a fake Google Docs app. Granting such authorization, will give the sender [hacker] the permission to read, send, delete and manage email, as well as manage contacts.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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