Gmail messages 'read by human third parties' Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines. Gmail messages 'read by third parties' One company told the Wall Street Journal that the practice was "common" and a "dirty secret". Google indicated that the practice was not against its policies. Google may intend to "do no harm" but thrid parties I dont trust an inch. Beware use of GMail can be the only advice Also review your phone/tablet for app permossions to view your email. Google really need to get their sh*t together, they are rapidly heading down the sewer.