Google once again defended its policy that let the third-party developers access and share the Gmail users data. Back in July, the Mountain View company was accused of compromising with the users’ privacy. According to the reports the tech giant allows the third-party developers to integrate their service into the Gmail platform. Google assures the authorities and users that everything is transparent and under the strict guidelines.
On Thursday, the company said to the lawmakers that it would continue to grant permission to the developers for scanning the Gmail accounts. “Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data,” said Google in its letter to the US Senators.
Currently, Google is handling the 1.4 billion Gmail users across the globe that is larger than even the combined user database of other big email services. This makes Google responsible for guarding the data of billion of users against any mishandling or misuse. Google claims that it examines the third party services at elementary level before granting the general access. Besides, the users have full control, whether they want the integrated service to access their data or not. According to Google with this approach, both enterprise admin and the individual users have transparency to know how and where the data have been used.
“We make it possible for applications from other developers to integrate with Gmail — like email clients, trip planners and customer relationship management (CRM) systems — so that you have options around how you access and use your email,” said Suzanne Frey, Director, Security, Trust and Privacy, Google Cloud. She also assured the users that every non-Google app has to go through multi-step review processes before reaching to the user’s Gmail accounts.
However, it is still unclear, whether the US senators will give Google green light on its Gmail policy or not.