A report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) revealed Tuesday that Gmail allows application developers to read the emails of millions of users who use their platform.
The report suggests that in addition to accessing emails, the configuration of the service allows data companies and application developers to see other private details as well, such as recipient addresses, timestamps and complete messages.
The company assured The Verge portal that it only gives information of this type to verified developers and with the explicit consent of the users, which suggests that not all have been granted access.
Google also informed the WSJ that its employees can read emails, but only in “very specific cases”, such as for security reasons or to investigate an error, but only when users request it and give their consent.
Among the companies mentioned in the report are Return Path and Edison Software, two email management companies that said they have human engineers watching hundreds or thousands of emails to train algorithms in the past, but have already suspended those practices and eliminated the data collected for some time.
Users can find out which applications have access to their data through the https://myaccount.google.com/permissions page, although they must also be aware of access requests that appear when using any application linked to your Gmail account