Some Google Employees can access your Gmail Data.

Some Google Employees can access your Gmail Data.

It is obvious that all your emails whether it is private or confidential get stored in your mailbox. But have you ever thought – “Are they secure there?” Can a Google employee working on the Gmail product read your messages?

Recently Google has confessed that it gives rights to use Gmail data to a small number of Google employees. What is the use of such privacy-loophole? Can’t this be avoided and is this necessary for Gmail to operate? These are some relevant questions which every Gmail user should know. Read below the full report.

Google’s Confession

Christopher Nguyen, who was earlier responsible for Google Apps operations at Google, revealed this on Quora.

According to him :

Christopher Nguyen
A small number of Gmail related engineers have access to the servers as a matter of necessity to do their jobs; a very small number of people actually access the contents as a matter of necessity to do their jobs, and even then, almost always only the associated metadata.

The rest have to file a request and justify any access they ever need, which is extremely rare. All have to sign paperwork re users’ privacy at the risk of dismissal & legal action, knowing that whatever they do is discoverable. And ultimately, an internal culture of respecting user’s privacy helps keep one another in check.

Google’s Gmail vs Microsoft’s Hotmail

Actually some email service providers, like Gmail, read the contents of your mail (both sent and received, even if you aren’t a Gmail user but just sending to someone who is) in order to decide what kind of ads to serve up to you. They may call it “scanning” and attempt to equate it with less invasive activities like “checking for spam” but it’s quite different. For you, and the people you send mail to, it’s not spam, it’s personal.

However Microsoft is trying to take advantage of this behaviour of Gmail with a hope that some Gmail users will shift to Hotmail and is using this point to target Google on privacy.