Recently, Wall Street Journal published a story, saying that the third-party developers are still allowed to scan your Gmail inbox. Although this happens after a user grants them access, it still raises questions about whether the users can understand who they are giving permission and what kind of access in this.
in a blog post responding to the story, Suzanne Frey, the Director of Security, Trust, & Privacy division of Google Cloud explained how common it is for the app developers to scan the contents of a user’s Gmail message. She also ingeminates the search engine giant’s commitment to inspecting those third-party apps before granting them access to Gmail messages.
Frey also says how you can be sure that your data is in the hand of a trusted source. Before you give access to any non-Google app, you must review the permission screen. You can check what devices have logged into your account, which apps have access to your Gmail, and the kind of permissions they have using the company’s Security Checkup tool.
WSJ’s story didn’t reveal any wrongdoing from those third-party apps, but it definitely created a concern towards users. It’s not surprising considering previous data scandal of a company like Facebook. However, it’s a wise decision from Google to explain everything to its users.