Google claims that it vets all other companies developers before granting a right of entry to its users’ emails and that the user’s consent is necessary. The issue is that the appeal for permission often doesn’t state whether you’re granting access to your emails to a human or a computer.
Moreover, being able to examine your full emails in Gmail, Google also gives developers entrée to details like the recipient’s address and time stamps. It is not cleared yet if any of user’s information has been misrepresented somewhere.
It is a shocking revelation because after carrying out his investigation, the American journalist realized that the reading of the emails of users of Gmail by third companies was not only made by robots but sometimes by humans. And nobody likes if someone stalks their private emails.
On the other hand, third-parties that read the Gmail user’s emails have good reasons to do so. These are often companies that offer services linked to an algorithm that will without human intervention sort emails in a positive way: to remove spam more professionally, to recognize particular types of emails or to computerize tasks. These algorithms still need to be skilled and only a human can help them with this task, by putting their own nose in emails.