Did you know that Google allows outside app developers to read your Gmails? While you might have completely missed this, it is a very real issue.
The Wall Street Journal recently brought this issue to light and tons of people are quite pissed. While just a year ago Google said that they would stop their computers from going through our inboxes they’ve only changed their strategy. Google has continued to allow hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of those who have signed up for email-based services that offer price comparison and so forth. While in most cases you have to opt-in to these kinds of things people just don’t notice them.
We make it possible for applications from other developers to integrate with Gmail—like email clients, trip planners and customer relationship management (CRM) systems—so that you have options around how you access and use your email. We continuously work to vet developers and their apps that integrate with Gmail before we open them for general access, and we give both enterprise admins and individual consumers transparency and control over how their data is used.
You can visit the Security Checkup to review what permissions you have granted to non-Google apps and revoke them if you would like. For G Suite users, admins can control which non-Google apps can access their users’ data through whitelisting.
From here they went on to describe how third-party developers have to be reviewed before gaining access to users emails and so forth. Basically, they went through the process to explain that no one at Gmail is reading users emails for the most part and that they only peep in on specific occasions. For instance, when there is an abuse or bug concern.
You can check out their full post by clicking here but that is the gist. To learn more about this feel free to check out the video below. I guess the main thing you should take from this is that someone could be reading your emails and their reasoning isn’t as good as it should be for doing so.