Millions of private Gmail messages read by third parties

Tobok says when Google, Apple and the like are vetting apps, they focus on the quality of the app and whether the company can fix defects. Users may be giving permission to these apps in one way or another, but it may not always be clear what permission you're granting. People are surprised to find that what they thought they were agreeing to - perhaps a dispassionate piece of software harmlessly scanning their emails - could actually involve a real human reading about their doctors appointments or love affairs.

After the Facebook data misuse scandal hit the headlines in March, Apple was quick to point out that the iPhone maker doesn't have to sell user data because its customers aren't its product.

The biggest takeaway, however, is that access is not restricted to computers accessing the data but that human employees may and do read emails as well.

The Journal highlights two companies that it says engages in this practice.

If any apps give you the creeps about what kind of data it can pilfer from you, you can simply click on "Remove access" to banish it into the digital trash bin. We can try to contain the matter - in case of email, we all should read privacy policies, and/or revoke access to any app that might have the power to read your emails. "These applications gain access to users' contacts, information about the user of the phone as well as things like Global Positioning System location, so this needs to be taken very seriously". One feature is that the app will suggest replies to emails you receive, but in order to develop and test this feature the developers needed to see it in action.

Edison said it has since stopped this practice.

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While messages are typically processed by computer algorithms, the newspaper spoke to several companies where employees had read "thousands" of email messages. The Journal mentions two companies that have such practices in place, including Return Path, a marketing company, and Edison Software, which makes a mobile email app.

And this is really the crux of the issue.

"We 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".

"And who's going to do that, right?"

"I don't think they're doing anything different", he says.

Tim is the editor of Fairfax's technology sections.

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