Google Gmail, other services allow third parties to read users' emails, according to a report

A little over a year after promising to no lger scan user emails in Gmail for persalized ads, Google allows external developers to do so, according to a new report.

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Wall Street Journal report released Mday, Google ctinues to allow external software developers to "scan the inboxes of millis of Gmail users who s & # 39, register for courier services, automated route planning, or other tools. "

Validated applicati developers that are part of Google's Gmail program are allowed to read these emails to create new services or applicati features Normally most e-mails are electrically scanned by computer software, but in some cases human employees do the reading.

For example, Return Path, a firm that recovers e-mails for data of interest to marketers, scanned the inboxes of over 2 milli people, leaving 8,000 e-mails not expired read by its employees. Other marketing companies, as well as applicati makers, also had access to Gmail emails.

Google is not ale in its practices, Microsoft and Veriz's Oath Communicatis also allow partners to browse user emails. Oath, which results from the acquisiti of Yahoo by Veriz, claims that access is csidered "case by case" and requires the explicit csent of users, policies similar to those used by Microsoft.

The report, based interviews with more than 25 current and former employees of applicati developers and data companies, found that the practice of …

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