What is happening in this 21st century? People’s privacy is being rolled in the mud like no one even cares. News making rounds in the internet reveals Gmail data privacy brouhaha. To cut the whole story short, it appears that third-party developers have been reading Gmail users’ emails but how?
It all started from a recent publication by The Wall Street Journal informing the world that software developers actually “scan hundreds of millions of emails of users who sign up for email-based services.”
Google didn’t hold back their words as they quickly defended themselves assuring us that no one reads our email from their end. This makes the case tougher because who to believe is now up to us. In a blog post titled “Ensuring your security and privacy within Gmail”, the company tells us that they “continuously work to vet developers and their apps that integrate with Gmail before we open them for general access, and we give both enterprise admins and individual consumers transparency and control over how their data is used.”
The Hard Truth
The hard truth is that whenever you allow a third-party app to access your Gmail account, there are chances that you have just given yourself away as someone, somewhere, somehow can now read your emails.
You control your data
You have the ability to give permissions to non-Google apps (third-party app), and revoke them if you would like. Not to mention, you are shown what permissions an app is requesting before adding them to your Gmail.
It is strongly encouraged that you review the permissions screen before granting access to any non-Google application. Hope that solves it? Let’s hear from you