According to a report from an authoritative media in the United States, Google has opened a large amount of information about Gmail users' emails to a large number of third-party organizations. In addition to machine scanning and software reading, third-party company staff can even read the letters of Gmail users.
According to reports from several US technology news websites such as CNET, on July 3, Google Inc. rushed to publish a blog post to respond to the above media disclosure. Foreign media pointed out that it is clear that Google is in the midst of a huge controversy caused by the elimination of this news.
In this official blog post, Google does not deny the practice of opening Gmail mail messages to third-party agencies. Google said that it will audit and filter external APP development companies. Google requires relevant development companies to only request relevant e-mail information. In addition, development companies must strictly represent this organization, rather than obtaining e-mail information for other organizations.
Why let third-party developers get email information? Suzanne Frey, an executive at Google's privacy and security affairs, said in a blog post that Google's unofficial APP ecosystem will provide more services and options based on users' mailbox information.
The media broke the news that external agencies rely on reading and analyzing Gmail user letters to launch personalized services such as personal travel plans.
The executive also provides ways for Gmail mailbox users to keep in control of personal privacy information, such as reviewing before granting authorization to a non-Google official app, or seeing which apps outside of Google have access to the mailbox.
In this official blog post, Google also emphasizes that employees of the company will never browse letters from Gmail users, except in very rare cases where users ask Google to do so, such as investigating the existence of mailbox abuse.
The US media disclosed some incredible truths. For example, an American online marketing company asked employees to read more than 8,000 letters from Gmail users two years ago to develop the company's mailbox management tools.
In another case, a free app called “Additional Software” (helping users manage their own mailboxes), once let employees read thousands of Gmail letters, thereby improving the software's “smart response” & rdquo; Features.
According to reports, privacy information such as opening mailboxes for third-party developers and companies has become an industry communication practice and is not an exclusive patent of Google. This phenomenon has also raised concerns about how Internet companies can protect personal data security.
In the past six months, Facebook's Internet industry has been caught in an unprecedented personal privacy protection scandal, in which Facebook freely allows external agencies to obtain the privacy of tens of millions of users and become an indirect helper of online marketing or political marketing. Facebook and Zuckerberg are now on the pin.
Google is the world's largest online advertising company. The effectiveness of its advertising communication and the advertising interests of advertisers come from Google's collection and collation of hundreds of millions of users. Google can insert ads for a user's interests and rely on each click or transaction to earn revenue.
For companies such as Google and Facebook to collect user privacy and gain profits, Cook, the head of Apple Inc., has repeatedly criticized in public.