Google reportedly allows apps to scan some people's Gmail inboxes

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Hundreds of app developers electronically "scan" inboxes of the people who signed up for some of these programs, and in some cases employees do the reading, the paper reported. This is seen in a pop-up box that includes a note that the app wants permission to "read, send, delete and manage your email". "Signing in with Google" apps use your Google Account to sign into other website or apps.

Google's response comes after a report in the Wall Street Journal claimed Google allowed apps including shopping price comparison and travel itinerary platforms to "read" emails using automated tools.

Before third-party developers can access private emails, they need to pass a review process comprised of multiple steps created to both automatically and manually evaluate the developer, assess the app's privacy policy - ensuring its legitimacy-, and test the app to verify its function.

To find out and edit which third-party apps have access to your Gmail account, head to the My Account page and login.

Edison Software, a company that makes the Edison Mail app for iOS, was the other firm named.

Google has not yet commented on the issue.

"Consumers must put their foot down and demand - not ask; demand - clarity on how their data is stored or viewed or accessed by any third party", Tobok says.




Privacy has been a big deal as of late, with internet companies coming under closer scrutiny after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Edison Software told the newspaper it had reviewed the emails of hundreds of users to build a new software feature.

People most susceptible to email skimming are those who have subscribed to various online services.

"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", Suzanne Frey, Director, Security, Trust and Privacy, Google Cloud, said in a blog post.

The Wall Street Journal spoke to a number of companies that said they had read people's emails.

Companies that spoke to The Journal confirmed that the practice was specified in their user agreements and said they had implemented strict rules for employees regarding the handling of email.

Google received plenty of criticism for having computers scan every Gmail email to deliver targeted ads.

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