Third-parties may read your Google Mail emails if you allow it

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Normally, computers scan and analyse over 100 million emails per day, but Google allows third-party software to electronically scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users. Both companies say the practice is covered by their user agreements, and that they used strict protocols for the employees who read emails. eDataSource says it previously allowed employees to read some email data but recently ended that practice to better protect user privacy.

Not that long ago, Google promised its users that it will stop using bots to search for potential information, that could aid advertising, within their emails.

The third-party developers who have access to Gmail user data allegedly share them with marketers, hedge funds and other businesses.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that employees working with hundreds of software developers are capable of reading your private messages you send from Gmail.

Users need to give explicit consent to applications or services, and if that happens through a token-based system that Google uses for this kind of authorization, it does happen without users having to supply their username or password to these companies. At one point about two years ago, Return Path employees read about 8,000 unredacted emails to help train the company's software, people familiar with the episode say.

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While messages are typically processed by computer algorithms, the newspaper spoke to several companies where employees had read "thousands" of email messages.

Google lets people connect their account to third-party email management tools, or services such as travel planning and price comparisons. While many of these companies in question utilise machines to go through users emails for keywords and phrases, some of them have it done manually by their employees.

Last year, Google assured its users that its computers would stop scanning emails and keep the privacy and security paramount.

Some Gmail users may be shocked when they realize that humans may have read their emails on Gmail.

It pointed the BBC to its developer policies, which state: "There should be no surprises for Google users: hidden features, services, or actions that are inconsistent with the marketed goal of your application may lead Google to suspend your ability to access Google API Services".

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