A reference from Motherboard Reveals that some popular email applications for iOS and Android, who claim to “focus on safety“, They export data from the inbox of the users and sell them to make money.
One such popular email service is Edison Email, a free cross-platform application with millions of downloads. It was found to be selling anonymous data and analytics that it exported from various users' inboxes to advertising agencies, travel agencies and e-commerce companies.
This information is purchased by these companies for marketing campaigns and product development.
Motherboard found that in the case of Edison Email, users didn't even know what was happening.
Edison ranks as the 58th most popular app on the App Store with an average rating of 4,6 / 5 stars.
Usually, email companies gain the right to access and scan inbound users through "personalized" features.
Following the publication of Motherboard research, Edison released a post explaining the company's efforts to be more transparent about what it does with user data.
According to the Motherboard report, two more significant ones were found applications emails that collect user data in questionable ways - CleanFox and Rakuten Slice.
CleanFox allows users to log out of junk newsletters with a single click. While Rakuten Slice identifies e-receipts from inboxes and extracts data from each market, which can be used by companies for marketing campaigns. In return, Rakuten Slice gives users a personalized online shopping experience.
Regardless, users should avoid third-party email applications such as Edison and CleanFox.
To close a third-party email application you use, go to your email provider's settings page and remove access. In the gmail, go to section Security> Third-party access management.