Google reportedly allowed outside app developers to read user emails despite privacy promises.

By: Elizabeth Chuck

The tech giant has allowed hundreds of outside software developers to access the inboxes of Gmail users, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Google — which a year ago vowed to clamp down on Gmail users’ privacy — has reportedly been letting outside app developers scan millions of inboxes, according to a Wall Street Journal examination.

Despite the promise from Google last June to stop scanning Gmail messages for the purpose of selling targeted ads, the tech giant has been allowing hundreds of outside software developers to access inboxes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The app developers were reportedly granted access to the inboxes of users who signed up for email-based tools, such as price comparisons or travel-itinerary planners, the Journal said. By opting in to those tools, users were potentially exposing entire Gmail messages, email addresses, and other pieces of information to third parties, it added.