Data-use questions resurge, this time with Google in the vortex

A Wall Street Journal article reveals third-party email extensions may have access to your Gmail account. The search giant responds—citing users’ permission—but skepticism persists.

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The details in those Terms of Use consent agreements hold just so much sway with consumers.

New reports have Gmail users asking just how secure their data is—and drawing comparisons to other recent data scandals.

When users learned that Facebook had known about Cambridge Analytica’s inappropriate data use for months before reports were published, the public questioned what else the social media giant was keeping secret.

Data scraping by third-party companies has become a major concern for the tech industry, and now Google is answering for access it gave some email extensions to its popular service.

The Wall Street Journal wrote:

Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”

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