Why it’s so hard to trust in Google Gmail right now

  • July 06, 2018

When this week there was a message that Google allows Gmail application developers to scan and even read your email, we heard that it became the usual excuse for Silicon Valley: that's what you signed.

Why it’s so hard to trust in Google Gmail right now

Do not like how Facebook shares your data with third-party developers? It is a pity that this is correct in the privacy policy. How about how Twitter tracks your activity on sites? The company wrote this in its data policy. (What? You did not bother to read it?) And, maybe, you were upset when you learned last year that Unroll.Me is selling information received from your mailbox. The CEO of the company found that "heartbreaking", but this is how companies make money from free service.

Defenders of property rights are based on the way business is conducted for many years. Mark Rothenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said in an email that companies, including Google and Facebook, should take responsibility for how software developers use your data.

"It is unreasonable, practical or effective to expect that users will learn how third-party companies will use their personal data," Rotenberg said. "Like Facebook, Google is responsible for the misuse of personal data by application developers."

Google trusts all applications that it allows to request user data through Gmail, according to a blog post published by Susan Frey, Google's director of security, trust and privacy for Google Cloud. "We strongly recommend that you review the permissions before you grant access to any non-Google applications," Frey said. To see which apps have access to your account, you can pass a security check on the Google Account page associated with your Gmail account.

Google said that last year it will stop checking user emails for data that help marketers focus on advertising. Since then, data confidentiality has been a global hotkey theme. In March, Facebook acknowledged that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultation related to Trump's presidential campaign, incorrectly accessed personal information to 87 million social network users.

Hatiblou noted that disputes in Gmail affected not only Gmail users. She noted that if she had sent an e-mail to someone who used Return Path or Edison, her employees could read her e-mails.

"I did not agree that my data should be evaluated on the way back, but subscribing to the service, someone who I sent, sent me a letter," Hatiblou said. "And I think this is a big breach of confidentiality."