Software Developers are Scanning the Inboxes of Gmail Users

Software Developers are Scanning the Inboxes of Gmail Users

Top tech companies are under pressure in the United States and Europe to do more to protect user privacy and be more transparent about any parties with access to people's data.

Gmail allows its users to install additional apps that work with the online system.

Google received plenty of criticism for having computers scan every Gmail email to deliver targeted ads. Gmail has almost 1.4 billion users globally - more users than the next 25 largest email providers combined.

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"As anyone who knows anything about software knows, humans program software - artificial intelligence comes directly from human intelligence", Return Path founder Matt Blumberg wrote, adding that the company takes "great care to limit who has access to the data, supervise all access to the data, deploying a Virtual Safety Room, where data can not leave this VSR and all data is destroyed after the work is completed". Google declined to comment.

Google said only companies that had been vetted could access messages, and only if users had "explicitly granted permission to access email". No, it's not Google, this time around, but this privacy-infringing feature does affect Gmail, which happens to be the world's top email service.

Google's mail service has always been criticized for the invasive practices of the company, which runs nearly entirely on employing all the data it collects on users to attract advertisers and target their wares to the people most likely to buy them. In most cases, the people who signed up for the price-comparison deals or other programs agreed to provide access to their inboxes as part of the opt-in process.

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The very first thing that you may want to do is open the Permissions page for your Google Account to make sure that only legitimate applications and services have access to it.

They were then able to read and scan private emails to target adverts.

A recent Wall Street Journal research has found that Google is not doing enough to prevent those developers from reading their users' emails, some of which even train their computers, as well as their employees for the job. They defended this action by saying, "The practice is specified in their user agreements and they have implemented strict rules for employees regarding the handling of emails".

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