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Google is being accused of allowing developers to read emails from millions of Gmail users. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published last Monday (2), the company would have maintained a flexible privacy policy with partners even after coming to the public to say that it would no longer use personal messages for advertising purposes. According to the publication, companies that develop online services with Google login have access to users' emails. Sources heard by the vehicle also claim that reading e-mails is considered a common practice in the market.

In response to a report in the North American newspaper, Google did not deny that developers of other companies have access to the content of messages, but explained that third-party apps undergo a careful evaluation before having access to Gmail.

The company also clarified that Gmail automatically processes emails to filter out spam and phishing scams and that "this practice has caused some to erroneously speculate that Google 'reads' their emails," details the official statement. There is, however, an exception: "nobody on Google reads your Gmail, except in very specific cases where you ask us and give your consent, or where we need it for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse."

In any case, the search giant encourages users to review the permissions they have given to external apps and to revoke access if they are no longer comfortable sharing information. Here's how to edit app permissions for Gmail.

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Login with Google account can allow third parties to read your messages Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesLogin with Google account can allow third parties to read your messages Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Login with Google account can allow third parties to read your messages Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Although Gmail is the center of the investigation conducted by the American newspaper, reports suggest that reading e-mails may be common in other services as well. According to the WSJ, the terms of use of Microsoft and Yahoo also do not prevent this type of practice. In the walkthrough below, learn how to change the settings for your email services.

Step 1. Go to your Google account's app permissions page (myaccount.google/permissions). In the seo third-party apps with account access, find an app that has access to Gmail;

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Find apps with access to Gmail Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Click on it to expand options and select the Remove access option.

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Remove the application Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 1. Access your permissions account (account.live/consent/Manage) from your Microsoft account. Locate an application with access to your Outlook information and select Edit;

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Edit the options of an app connected to your Microsoft account Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Review the permissions given by you to apps in your account. If you are allowed to access your emails, select Remove these permissions.

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Remove an app that can read your email Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Go to your Yahoo account activity page (login.yahoo/account/activity). In the Applications connected to your account section, select Remove next to the service with access to Yahoo Mail.

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Remove an application with access to your Yahoo Mail Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

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