Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jul 2018 00:29 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Third-party app developers can read the emails of millions of Gmail users, a report from The Wall Street Journal highlighted today. Gmail’s access settings allows data companies and app developers to see people’s emails and view private details, including recipient addresses, time stamps, and entire messages. And while those apps do need to receive user consent, the consent form isn’t exactly clear that it would allow humans - and not just computers - to read your emails.

Wait, you mean to tell me that when I granted one of those newfangled we-will-organise-your-email-for-you email clients access to my email I granted them access to my email? I am shocked, shocked I say!

Privacy and security stories tend to get easily inflated, and while it indeed sucks that actual people at said companies can read your email, you did explicitly grant them access to your email account. It's all spelled out right there in the Google account permission dialog. These companies aren't here to make your email lives easier - they're here to mine your data and sell it to third parties.

You wouldn't let a random small company install cameras in your house. Why do you treat your email any differently?

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RE[3]: That quote is a bit silly
by sj87 on Tue 3rd Jul 2018 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: That quote is a bit silly"
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No, it is hard. You yourself only assume that because you have been taught to. But you are sort of brainwashed to expect it automatically, voluntarily waiving your right to privacy right there and then. People should have the right to expect better, not duty to expect worse.

Again the distinction between just letting an app access your data locally vs. sending it outside of the phone should be there. But it isn't. That is the problem.

If the permissions clearly stated that granting them means the data will be shared outside of the physical device, then it is irrelevant whether or not humans or only machines will process that data.

Edited 2018-07-03 11:07 UTC

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