Google allows 3rd parties to scan your emails on demand

Sep 21, 2018 25 Comments

https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-says-it-continues-to-allow-apps-to-scan-data-from-gmail-accounts-1537459989

They just don't disclose the purpose of interaction. However if you know enough about the two people (by spying on them). It won't be so hard to guess that.

Guys at Amazon. Please start a email service and make it as a part of Amazon prime subscription. Since its a part of prime network, the costs won't be high (at least for us) and we'll get rid of the filth Google and Facebook have created.

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  • Facebook pqhrucb
    Google scrapes your email to group people based on inferred wealth. Bed Bath & Beyond pays Google for the list of rich email addresses.

    Use protonmail.
    Sep 21, 2018 2
    • OP
      Is it possible to import all the emails&contacts from Gmail to protonmail?
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Google RockLobsta
      Citation needed.
      Sep 21, 2018
  • Google T4r6y7
    Too be claear, this is about apps that you chose to install in your gmail account. But there's an easy workaround if you're too lazy to read the privacy disclaimer of apps that you install: Don't install any third party apps at all. Problem solved.
    Sep 21, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Typescript
    I am going to make my @outlook.com primary
    Sep 21, 2018 3
    • OP
      Microsoft is a scumbag. They can never do anything right.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon MAGA!?
      Amen! Sharepoint is the worst offender.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Microsoft 🏄 wave 🏄
      Sharepoint sucks but Outlook is very good. Office 365 with self-hosted domain integration kicks ass.
      Sep 21, 2018
  • Google / Eng fSqyN91
    Translation: Google provides an API to access Gmail. This can only be done with the user's consent. Some users read the scary warning and still decide to grant consent to random apps.

    Unfortunately, users who read a scary message and grant random apps access to Gmail data are probably also dumb enough to give those apps the Gmail password, which is what those apps used to ask for back in the day before there was an API. In my humble opinion, such users shouldn't be allowed alone on the internet without a parent or guardian, but alas, the parent is nowhere in sight.

    Remember when LinkedIn asked for your email password to spam your contacts? There were plenty of users who simply gave away their password and agreed...

    At least with the API, the scope of damage is limited.
    Sep 21, 2018 2
    • OP
      Wow just wow. So now you are blaming the users? You made it possible for people to make bad decisions with a single click. And when they get screwed you blame them.

      This is just like Microsoft who blamed users in 2000s for spyware spreading.

      Google is responsible for this mess because you make it easy for people to throw away the keys of their house
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Google / Eng fSqyN91
      It's called giving users control over their data
      Sep 22, 2018
  • Google topCon
    Op, you know you can turn this off?
    Sep 21, 2018 4
    • OP
      Many people don't know this because of poor awareness of privacy. How many times does gmail prompt me that 100 apps are reading all my email?
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Google topCon
      It's not on by default. You have to opt into it.
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Amazon tertel
      Where "opt" means you clicked through some spammy prompt to get access to something unrelated.
      Sep 29, 2018
    • Google topCon
      Yes, if you want to turn it on. By default it's off.
      Sep 29, 2018
  • Google vfd
    Google doesn't own your email data, you do. I feel like it'd be a much bigger scandal if Google arbitrarily forbids third party apps to access your data even AFTER you give permission. That'd be really disrespectful to user wishes and autonomy.
    Sep 21, 2018 3
    • OP
      The problem is that most of the times I just use gmail as a single sign on. Many apps won't tell me that they are reading my mail just because I used my Google account to authenticate.

      Google has deliberately made this too simple for apps to cheat customers
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Google / Eng b7n7ds
      Apps did tell you, it's right in the prompt you agreed to.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Amazon tertel
      Gotcha! You clicked yes to access something without reading the find print on the prompt. Hahaha sucker!
      Sep 29, 2018
  • Microsoft .:
    Buy a domain and set up your own email on aws. It can be nearly free depending on how fancy you want to have that. Freedom is worth paying for.
    Sep 21, 2018 2
    • Intuitive Surgical (((Them)))
      How are you getting it for free?
      The cheapest option on AWS is costing $4/ month
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Microsoft .:
      I said nearly free :) 4$ is less than a cost of a good loaf of bread, you can afford that even if you're a janitor.
      Sep 21, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng 3d
    AWS has a mail solution afaik - https://aws.amazon.com/workmail/pricing/ - what you are asking for is a end user facing product :)
    Sep 22, 2018 1

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