Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google says app developers can still scan Gmail with opt

Google says app developers can still scan Gmail with opt

In practice, this means that any app that shares your private data with advertisers must disclose this fact in their privacy policy.

In a letter sent to the lawmakers in July and made public on Thursday, Google said that developers may share your data with third parties for the purposes of ad-targeting, "so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data".

Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told the Journal there was "simply no way that Gmail users could imagine that their personal data would be transferred to third parties", and the revelation showed that the "privacy policy model is simply broken beyond fix".

The latest cue to act surprised: Google told US lawmakers that it lets third-party devs scan and share email via Gmail. "And they must have a privacy policy that details how the data will be used". "If we detect significant changes in the behavior of the app after it has been approved, we will once again manually review the app". "[Privacy policies must be] easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access".

If an app is found to have violated Google's terms, it will display an "unverified app" warning on it.

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How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the world this year since Facebook revealed it had done little to monitor such relationships.

Molinari reiterated Google's comments in a July blogpost that its employees can read Gmail users' email content but that it restricts access to cases where a user has given consent, or when it needs to inspect content to investigate a bug or abuse.

Next week, the tech giants, including Google, Amazon, Apple and Twitter will be addressing the Senate over increased concerns over online privacy and to examine the safeguards in place to protect consumers.

Even though users can set an expiration date for emails, the EFF said that Google can still access the message data. You can already disable the feature on mobile right now by heading to the settings for your account and turning off "Smart Replies".

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