Giving permission to a simple extension of Facebook, Gmail or Google Chrome could be fatal. Maybe the next time you do that you should think about it a little more.
Uber was immersed in a large controversy yesterday due to a series of decisions made by Travis Kalanick, its CEO, that have affected the image of the brand worldwide. Specific, Uber not only collected data from iPhone users (such as when someone uninstalls your app), but they are also buying data from Unroll.me, a famous extension for Gmail.
East plugin What it does is remove SPAM emails from our entry list, in addition to also allowing us to unsubscribe from the lists very quickly. It is a very efficient solution for those of us who use Gmail on iOS. So far there has been no problem, but since Apple uncovered the Uber affair, it has been discovered that there is much more behind.
Extensions have full control over our information
Many times we give applications permission to access our Facebook, our Twitter, or even our bank account (this gives for another complete thread, the people who authorize certain applications to have control total about our account on-line of the side).
We may think that we are simply logging into a web or a game, but it is much more complicated than that: when we accept terms and conditions without reading them we could be giving away all our information, including all our conversations.
Many FB video games have the exclusive purpose of stealing data from us: they invest money in developing some viral game (such as the typical tests) not in order to earn money through advertising or through purchases in-app, but through the (illegal) sale of our personal data.
But information is not the only valuable thing. Remember Hello, an extension with which we can navigate through a VPN. Of course for that we had to give up part of our bandwidth (so that another could use us as a VPN). So far everything is correct, but the controversy comes now: they also sold our bandwidth to another company that sells private payment networks.
The case of Unroll.Me, one more
It is no longer just about reading the terms and conditions, but It is something that we cannot control so easily. In the case of applications that sell our data illegally, of course this will not be reflected in any document, so even reading the T&C, we could not imagine what are the websites / applications that do so.
Specifically, Unroll, give me all those emails in which Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, was the main topic of the conversation (to have them outlined). But not only this, because we only talk about what sells to the company of drivers. Then there is what they sell to other companies, which at the moment is unknown.
Worst of all is that no legal action can be taken because you are giving permission when you register to this company to sell all your data (not personal). But, if we look at it on the good side, it is not so bad: there is no way to relate to our emails, but the emails they transfer are anonymous, in theory. This, after all, is done by Google, Facebook, and more companies (and we are not opposed).
But the issue goes further, because not only do they traffic with our emails and our data (in the end, as much as they do not sell our personal data, most of the time they go out within the emails), but also They store each and every email that reaches us.