Gmail says that it was just vetting third party apps and not reading the data.
Gmail says that it was just vetting third party apps and not reading the data.(Photo: iStockphoto)
  • 1. What Data is Being Collected by Google Via Gmail?
  • 2. What Has Google Been Accused Of?
  • 3. Are Humans Really Reading Your Data?
  • 4. What's Google's Take in All of This?
  • 5. How Can You Make Sure Your Data is Safe?
Google in Snooze Mode as Third Parties Caught Pilfering User Data

The relationship between tech biggies and third-party app developers seems to be taking a huge toll on users globally as it is their data that’s on the line. Ever since the Cambridge Analytica fiasco came to light, many tech companies have updated their privacy policies thanks to the GDPR and stringent cyber laws.

Still, there have been certain stones left unturned. Now Gmail has been caught in an ugly storm. According to a Wall Street Journal report, some third-party app developers had gained access to users’ data on Gmail and were able to read whatever data was available online!

Google recently came out with a rebuttal saying that it was only “vetting third-party apps and not reading the data.”

Many might believe what Google is saying, but the rabbit hole goes deeper. Here’s a closer look at this whole mess that Google has got itself in.

  • 1. What Data is Being Collected by Google Via Gmail?

    Every time you use applications that need a Google login, you are allowing Google access to the content available in your Gmail inbox. Information like flight tickets, shopping bills, etc are sent to your inbox which Google has access to.

    Here’s is the link to see which apps have access to Gmail: https://myaccount.google.com/permissions

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    Gmail says that it was just vetting third party apps and not reading the data.
    Some of the apps that have access to Gmail.
    (Photo: Desktop screenshot)

    Google uses the same data to make the user experience better by sending you notifications of flight timings, due bills and tracks your shopping trends,etc. Although, last year Google had said that it will stop snooping on users’ data, it still continues to let third-party apps have a go at users’ Gmail inboxes.

    Also Read : Fully responsible for securing customers' data: Google

    You have to understand, Google had to collect users’ data for advertisement purposes. Now, it’s looking to promote a business model, which works on offering users paid premium services via its Google Suite (G Suite).

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