Google’s response to the Gmail controversy

Google’s response to the Gmail controversy

As per a recent report the third party software developers can read private emails of Gmail users. Google has released an official blog post on the controversy clearing its stance on the issue. The company claims that it has systematically examines the third party apps and services which have access to the sensitive user data.

The Director of company’s Security, Trust & Private division of Google – Suzanne Frey said, "A vibrant ecosystem of non-Google apps gives you choice and helps you get the most out of your email. However, before a published, non-Google app can access your Gmail messages, it goes through a multi-step review process that includes automated and manual review of the developer, assessment of the app’s privacy policy and homepage to ensure it is a legitimate app, and in-app testing to ensure the app works as it says it does."

The company has mentioned that the third party has to follow a proper review process in order to gain access to the user data. The company says that apps need to fulfil two requirement for it:

1. Apps should not misrepresent their identity and must be clear about how they are using your data. Apps must have clear and prominent privacy disclosures.

2. Apps should ask only for the data they need for their specific function—nothing more—and be clear about how they are using it.

Company said that in order to make sure that the applications are meeting our policies they also review non-Google applications and even suspend them if they do not match the policies.

Google has also said that the complete list of permission is shown to the user before they install the app wherein it inform about the data which will be accessed by the app. So user have to review the permissions screen carefully before providing access to the apps.

It also said that it has given data controls to the users which enable them to manage their information any time.