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Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'
« on: July 04, 2018, 12:56:31 PM »
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Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail

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Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”

But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

Full story: https://www.wsj.com/articles/techs-dirty-secret-the-app-developers-sifting-through-your-gmail-1530544442

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Re: Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 03:56:57 PM »
From Reminder—Third Party Gmail Apps Can Read Your Emails, "Allow" Carefully!, if you do use Gmail, check any apps you have installed and check if you have allowed access:



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Re: Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 06:07:24 PM »
I see that The Wall Street Journal has closed the story for non subscribers by now. So here is the story over at the BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44699263
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Re: Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2018, 06:23:07 PM »
I always look at apps, and what they want to do. I don't use android, used to, but they became to intrusive. I still have family members that do though. I mean if you want to get voicemails, then you are bombarded with ads. Not even a basic function of a Android phone? Why would a flashlight app need full access to your phone contents? Simple things, but many apps aren't worth the risk. My gmail has absolutely no third party access. I use a cellphone for a conversations, text and sometimes light browsing.

I won't use it to pay for something. I won't shop with it and use a credit or bankcard, and definitely not going to login to a bank account. I don't even access my email, why? That's what a computer is for. Because if it's important I will get a text or a phone call. Android if your lucky you may get security updates. The best you will see maybe 3 years now, under Googles new agreement and many manufactures aren't signed up for that agreement. Some may never see a update. When a Android phone stops getting security updates, that's not good. When any cellphone stops getting security updates, it's not good. Many people are using unsecured cellphones and at risk, but think it's OK to do whatever they want, then they wonder why there credit card accounts are hacked or even bank accounts.

I mean many cellphones cost more than a decent computer now. Do you buy a computer, expecting it not to receive updates?