Google has recently confirmed that its 3rd party app developers do have access to private Gmail messages however only if the app and developer have been vetted and only if users have given clear permission.
Gmail stands to be the most popular emailing platform in the world with 1.4 billion users.
The search engine’s response follows the Wall Street Journal stating in a report that Google provides hundreds of external software developers permission to look into the inboxes of millions of Gmail users. This includes the many Gmail users that signed up for email-based services such as automated travel planners or offering shopping price comparisons.
People however which have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unintentionally given the human staff permission to read their emails.
Following Ms Suzanne Frey the director of Security, Trust & Privacy at Google Cloud assured the public that the respective third-party apps have to undergo a significant review process before they can access Gmail messages.