04 Jul Google Caught Allowing Apps to Scan Gmail Inboxes
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote that Google is still allowing outside software developers to access the email of Gmail users not just via algorithms, but also human reviewers.
A company called Return Path Inc. which was included in the WSJ’s report, is reportedly able to freely collect data for marketers by scanning the inboxes of more than two million Gmail, Microsoft, or Yahoo users who have signed up for a free apps in Return Path’s partner network. It was further revealed that in one occasion, Return Path staff had to read around 8,000 unredacted emails to help train the company’s software.
It was pointed out that even though Google had already stopped the practice of scans users inboxes, third-party apps are still allowed to do it since users unknowingly consent to it when they agree to the apps terms and conditions.