>> Using Gmail? You might wanna reexamine the apps you use with it to make your life easier. Google telling Congress in a letter made public on Thursday that it continues to allow outside developers to scan and share Gmail data. Gmail is used by 1.4 billion people around the world.
Google defended its privacy policies telling senators that as long as developers are transparent with users about how they use the data and get consent, they may share the data with third parties. Reuters tech correspondent, Parish Devae.>> What is surprising is that Google did not offer more detail on how many violations it's caught of its policies?
How many addons are acting in a way that is not transparent or not providing users enough information. Google says that it tries to verify and examine these apps to make sure that they are working in a way that is consistent with the policies. But it's unclear how much ongoing monitoring happens after the initial review that Google does.
>> The letter was prompted by a Wall Street Journal story in July about how Google allowed outside software developers to scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services, lIke automated travel itinerary planners, or shopping price comparisons. In some cases, developers even read users emails, to train their computer algorithms.
Tech company, privacy policies have been under scrutiny, especially since Facebook's data scandal, involving a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. That gained access to data of 50 million Facebook users and used it to help Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Still, Google's letter could get more attention on the Hill next week during a planned hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee on data privacy practices.
AT&T, Twitter, Google Amazon and Apple are among several companies that will detail their privacy practices.