Facebook has recently been hit by a lot of scandals related to personal data, the focus is scandal Cambridge Analytica last year. It is known that this happens as a deliberate act from Facebook. Cambridge Analytica happens by a number of Facebook's own information-mining tools, these tools, along with the intention of a Facebook division, have taken the act of selling user data to third parties.
And Google is no exception. Google's service mentioned here is Gmail, the New York Times found Unroll.me is collecting Lyft and Uber bills from customers to sell to rivals in 2017. Since then, Google has strengthened its security policies by adding more data security layers around Gmail, and coming up with data security lock for 3rd party applications.
Any application that wants to integrate with Gmail must go through the human verification processes. In terms of data, the verification process checks data to be accessed to a minimum, in the safest way and users know what they are sharing. Each application must also comply with Gmail's data usage policies, which prohibit companies from selling, transferring or using data for tracking, advertising, research or any other purpose that does not serve customer.
Gmail also added two mandatory terms from Google Play Store. In it, ask developers to be transparent about their parent company and only ask for the minimum number of rights.
The other request is a bit harsh: unverified applications will not be granted access by Gmail. But Google does not provide a specific list of licensed applications. Google will only send users who have these unverified applications a warning message, and then automatically stop supporting this application. According to the latest information Microsoft SwiftKey and SMS Backup+ are 2 common names that are no longer supported. SwiftKey need to use the user's email to inform them of new service information, while SMS Backup + is an open source system with the ability to store messages in the device to email.
In an email of your notification to customers, Google said: "We want you to know that the following applications may no longer have access to some data in your Google account. If these applications are unable to meet the deadline for our user data policies, they will lose access to your account starting July 15, 2019. ”
However, for any company looking to store Gmail data on their servers, Google is charging between $ 15,000 and $ 75,000 for each company to complete depending on the size of the company.
“Evaluating Google's security security system is very meticulous and involves many stages. In the process, they checked the conditions for service and privacy policies in our applications, asking the application provider to have an explanation for the user checking email action. use (if any), then the system directly uses the application to check the information. There is absolutely no chance for a company involved in collecting user data to pass the verification process at this stage, ”said a spokesman for Clean Email.
“There is absolutely no chance for a company to participate in collecting user data that can pass the verification process at this stage.”
Clean Email, originally built by Kyryl Bystriakov to help his wife better manage her iCloud account, became a famous mailbox management tool after the Unroll.me scandal, as this is one of the Little user data protection service from the beginning. Although they support Google to focus on security, they also note that high costs will greatly affect users and businesses.
Applications like Clean Email, verified by Google, will have to undergo security reviews that cost between $ 15,000 and $ 75,000 per year. This will destroy the development community that Google has built around their API. SMS developer Backup + is dissatisfied because his application can no longer access Gmail on the grounds that "this is not a pure email reader application".
This July 15 will mark the death of many Gmail-integrated applications, and a day later, Google Drive will receive a similar policy update. This may benefit users, but on the other hand, it makes it difficult for third-party applications to reach Gmail users.