Google has found itself at the center of a data leak scandal wherein it stands accused of allowing apps to get access to user’s Gmail accounts. While this is something that was always being speculated, the latest revelation has once again brought focus on the extent to which our personal data are at risk in the digital sphere.
Specifically, Google is being blamed for having allowed app developers access to user’s emails, to the extent where even human developers are able to read the content of our emails. While granting such access to third-party developers is common as it allows in creating a more streamlined user experience across a wide spectrum of the user environment, none for sure would like to have the added advantage at the cost of risk to privacy and security.
Google, however, has rubbished all such accusations, claiming it follows one of the most robust data protection policies in the industry. Further, its commitments to safeguarding user’s privacy is unparalleled where the users have all the means to customize exactly how Google, or for that matter, any third-party apps deal with their Gmail or G-Suite accounts.
In its response made at the company blog site, Google encouraged users to periodically review exactly how third-party apps should be behaving with the user’s email messages. The company also stressed that they only allow legitimate apps to have access to user’s Gmail accounts. That is not all as the apps are also supervised to ensure they have access to user’s Gmail records only to the extent that is required for the functioning of the app, and that any data collected should only be for the purpose that it is meant for.
Google also chose to stress on another potential flashpoint where the company is also accused of reading the personal emails of users to better fine tune its advertising strategy. Allaying all such fears, Google said they aren’t into any such thing at the moment while the practice of going through user’s emails have been stopped altogether. As such, ads presented to Gmail users are only general in nature and bears no resemblance to the content of the user’s email contents.
Google, however, said they do read email in some cases though that happens only when explicitly asked to do so or when investigating instances of online abuse, bug attacks or for other security requirements.