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Keep your Gmail from prying eyes
Your Gmail might be readable by others.
The Wall Street Journal published an article saying that Google allows outside app developers access to your Gmail.
The way this would work, is that the Gmail user signed up for email-based services.
So maybe something that could compare prices for you, or an email app.
The Journal highlighted two companies mainly Return Path and Edison software.
The Return Path site explains how the company knows email and shows off how it is connected to a number of companies.
Google does not appear to be in that graphic.
The data captured is used for marketing amongst other things.
The journal says that Return Path's computers normally handle the email analysis.
However, the report also says Return Path employees read 8,000 user emails for software development purposes.
The journal said Google does not watch developers like Return Path or Edison closely.
Google claims it vets outside developers and gives out data if a user has granted permission to that developer.
Both Return Path and Edison say that they are covered under user agreements.
The journal went on to say that quote, there is no indication that Return Path, Edison, or other developers have misused data.
In case you are concerned that your Gmail is readable by third parties, there is a solution.
Go to myaccount.google.com/permissions.
Here you will see third party apps with account access.
You can click through to each app and choose to remove access.
If something on your permissions list does not seem familiar, it might be best to revoke its permissions.
For more privacy tips, check out cnet.com.
I'm Iyaz Akhtar and I'll see you online.
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