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Google is Trying to Ease Privacy Concerns After Report Revealed That Third-Party Developers Have Access to Users’ Gmail Accounts

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Google has published a new blog post in response to a story yesterday that detailed how common it is for third-party app developers to be able to read and analyze the contents of a user’s Gmail message.

The company reiterated its commitment to vetting those third-party apps and services that have access to sensitive Gmail data.

The blog post states that “before a published, non-Google app can access your Gmail messages, it goes through a multi-step review process that includes automated and manual review of the developer, assessment of the app’s privacy policy and homepage to ensure it is a legitimate app, and in-app testing to ensure the app works as it says it does.”

While not offering any substantially new insights into the industry practice, Google does outline measures a user and business organization using G Suite can do to protect their privacy and security.

These measures include reviewing the permissions screen before giving access to a non-Google app and using the company’s Security Checkup tool to check what devices have logged into your account, which third-party apps have access to your Gmail, and what permissions those apps have.

Curated from The Verge

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