Google clarifies that it still lets outside apps scan all your Gmail messages

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Google announced last year it would finally stop scanning all of your Gmail messages for the purposes of  targeting more personalized ads to you, finally putting one of several longstanding privacy concerns dogging Google to rest. Or so it seemed. Because today, it turns out, we've learned that Google is still letting outside apps, well, do that very thing.

The disclosure came in a letter to lawmakers acknowledging the practice ahead of a privacy-focused hearing on Capitol Hill next week, at which representatives of companies including Google, Apple, Amazon and others will be on the hot seat. Not only will Google's acknowledgement in the letter today about letting apps scan Gmail messages ensure it gets extra scrutiny next week -- the company also said it basically lets those apps, within reason, use the data they acquire however they want.

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