Some app makers share data with third-party companies for largely unrelated marketing data collection purposes, at times without clear consent from users, according to the previous report.
In 2017, Google had said its computers will soon stop reading the emails of its Gmail users to personalise their ads. Susan Molinari, Google's vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas said in the letter, "Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data". Pretending that it is, though, is more like following someone else's prompt than genuinely responding to what The Wall Street Journal read in a letter Google sent to senators questioning the privacy protections afforded to Gmail users.
Alphabet Inc's Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from US senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. She noted that Google is usually able to detect apps that misrepresent themselves before they're given access but did not provide any information about specific companies that have been found to be in violation of its terms.More news: Arrested Demonstrating Support For Christine Blasey Ford
But Google failed to answer questions from senators about how many developers have been caught violating its email-scanning rules.
These days, Google displays an "unverified app" warning for all apps that haven't been verified -- a change it introduce after someone previous year tricked millions of Gmail users into granting access to a bogus Google Docs apps. "In some cases, employees at these app companies have read people's actual emails in order to improve their software algorithms".
Google said in a letter to USA senators made public on Thursday that it relies on automated scans and reports from security researchers to monitor add-ons after launch, but did not respond to lawmakers' request to say how many have been caught violating the company's policies.More news: Woods, Fowler tied for East Lake lead
Who's reading your Gmail?
Even though users can set an expiration date for emails, the EFF said that Google can still access the message data.
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The Smart Reply feature is apparently catching on.