The revelation could not have come at a worse time as, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, software companies are taking extra steps to protect data privacy of its users.
"We make it possible for applications from other developers to integrate with Gmail - like email clients, trip planners and CRM systems - so that you have options around how you access and use your email", said Google.
"Some people might consider that to be a dirty secret", says Mr. Loder. "My only advice is be aware if something is over email and it's a free account - especially like Gmail - somebody potentially can have access to it".
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On this page, you can see which apps have access to your account, as well as apps and sites where you use your Google password to log in.
Recently a report surfaced online suggesting that third party software developers can read private emails of Gmail users.
It's not news that Google and most of the other top email providers enable outside developers to access the inboxes of users.
The report said a former officer for eDataSource Inc. said that having employees read someone else's emails is "common practice" for data collectors. Google, whose Gmail service is the most popular of its kind at over a billion active users, has insisted that its current developer policies cover this practice. While many of these companies in question utilise machines to go through users emails for keywords and phrases, some of them have it done manually by their employees.
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The Journal cites companies like Return Path, a marketing service that reviewed about 8,000 emails two years ago while working on its software; computers can handle about 100 million messages per day.
There is no suggestion that the named tech companies have misused email data.
Using a service like Gmail puts you at the mercy of companies like Google.
Security expert Troy Hunt says that agreeing to give any app access to your email is a serious decision with big implications for your privacy and data security, but that the possibility of an another person seeing your private communications isn't really the part you should be anxious about.
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Google said it only reads emails in "cases where you ask us to and give consent, or where we need to for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse".