According to the story of Wall Street Journal, third-party developers can access your Gmail inboxes. Two apps name were mentioned in the report – “Return Path” and “Edison Software”. Though both Return Path and Edison Software has tried their best to defend themselves.
Well, that is not a good news. Though Google declared a year ago that it would stop scanning users’ emails for data. Due to this controversial statement, Google declared that it doesn’t read your Gmail messages without getting explicit permission.
Google claims that it has stopped giving human employees access to emails. Suzanne Frey, the Director of Google’s Security, Trust & Privacy Division clearly stated in response to Wall Street Journal report that –
Due to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, now Google is making sure not to make same the mistake again. If you still have the major concern about the security and privacy then you can control permissions and don’t let third-party developers use your data.
You can control which apps can access your Google account. Google also mentions that it is also the users’ responsibility to review the details and decide whether to grant permission or not. Suzanne Frey makes it clear in her blog by stating,
“No one at Google reads your Gmail, except in very specific cases where you ask us to and give consent, or we need to for security purposes, such as investing a bug or abuse.”
She also mentioned that Google reviews non-Google applications to make sure they continue to meet its policies and suspend the applications which are not following policies provided by Google. Though you should start paying attention to permission screens – that is for sure.