Just as I was about to turn 30 last year, I was hit by the biggest challenge of my life. Ending my 6 years love relationship with Candice, my now ex-girlfriend and still business partner. Then the oil crash drastically affected one of the companies that I’ve worked with, causing our business to come to a halt, teaching me a whole new meaning of a “major business disaster”.
For the past 1 year, I’ve burnt the most amount of money in my life. I’ve had the most sleepless nights and this is probably the only year I’ve taken sleeping pills because my fatigue was affecting my daily routines. It was also the year I felt the most depressed as my integrity was being doubted by many of my clients and even my closest friends.
Google told U.S. senators it still allows third-party app developers who work with Gmail and build software to scan user inboxes, even though it has stopped processing Gmail messages to target ads, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Developers can also share data with third parties as long as they are “transparent with the users about how they are using the data,” and the company reviews apps to make sure privacy policies are “easily accessible to users,” wrote Susan Molinari, the company’s vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas, in a letter to senators amid congressional concerns about online privacy.
Gmail-integrated apps provide a variety of benefits to users, from assisting them in getting refunds after a product’s price drops online to helping them craft basic email replies. Those tasks naturally require some automated processing of people’s emails, but the Wall Street Journal previously reported that many email service companies have humans read emails to train and debug their algorithms. Some app makers share data with third-party companies for largely unrelated marketing data collection purposes, at times without clear consent from users, according to the previous report.
While email has always relied on third-party applications—software not made by email account providers was essentially the only way to send and receive messages until the rise of web platforms like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft’s Hotmail—lawmakers and privacy advocates have taken a closer look lately at complex online data-sharing arrangements. Facebook, in particular, has come under criticism for allowing apps like those built by Cambridge Analytica before the 2016 election to access wide swaths of data about users and their friends.
OPINION: You’ve probably heard the news: Amazon announced a premium smart speaker that’s meant to go head-to-head with Apple’s HomePod and Google Home Max. It’s called the Echo Sub, and it pairs with existing Echo devices to create an impromptu 1.1 or 2.1 sound system. That’s great and all, and I applaud Amazon for dipping its […]