Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail

Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”

But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

This is positively chilling. I have a junk Gmail account I use for non-essential communication and I’m thinking of dumping even that one.

Also, sorry for the subscription-only link. I think I captured the scariest part of the article, though.

Fastmail lets you create referral links and I’m consciously not doing that, just so my saying “Go get Fastmail!” doesn’t seem like a come-on.

Go get Fastmail!

Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail | The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)