In a new blog post, Google responds to a feature by The Wall Street Journal, which claimed that third-party app developers were able to read and analyzes a user’s Gmail messages. While the blog post does not share some new insights into the controversial industry practice, which appears to be more widespread. Google tries to explain to users of its G Suite how they can better protect their privacy and security.
Google also reiterates its commitment to vetting any third-party apps and services that have access to users’ Gmail data.
The blog post was written by Suzanne Frey, the director of Security, Trust, & Privacy division of Google Cloud. Frey also went ahead to share tips on how a user can ensure their data is only in trusted hands. That includes the user having to review the permissions screen before giving non-Google apps the permission to access and use the data from Gmail.
On their end, Google says it has systems in places that ensures third-party apps and services do not misrepresent themselves by saying they are doing one thing, while in reality, they are going over and beyond what they said.