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Google says it continues to allow apps to access Gmail user data

September 20, 2018 / CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO

Google Inc. said in a letter to senators that it still allows app developers to scan and share data from users' Gmail accounts. The letter, which was sent in July in response to questions posed by top Senate Republicans about potential misuse of information in user emails, said that while Google stopped scanning emails for ad targeting, developers still have access to accounts. Google released the email to the public on Thursday. Susan Molinari, Google's vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas, explained that access is restricted. “Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data,” she wrote in the letter. The letter, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, also included details on how third-party email apps are vetted, including reviewing privacy policies and monitoring app behavior changes.