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SwiftKey Could Lose Access to Gmail if It Fails to Comply With Google’s Data Policies: Report

If SwiftKey doesn’t fall in line by July 15, it might lose access to personal suggestions in Gmail.

SwiftKey Could Lose Access to Gmail if It Fails to Comply With Google’s Data Policies: Report

Swiftkey is a highly popular keyboard app for Android and this could have a huge impact for many users

Highlights
  • Google has updated its data sharing policies for third-party apps
  • SwiftKey currently is in violation of one of the policies
  • It has until July 15 to copy with Google’s new norms

SwiftKey is undoubtedly is hugely popular keyboard app for Android smartphones (and even iOS) and if you're someone who relies on it everyday, then you might want to pay close attention to this. Google seems to be updating its data sharing policies with third-party vendors and as it currently stands, SwiftKey appears to be violating one of them. Users who have granted SwiftKey access to Gmail, are said to be receiving an email from Google which states that all third-party apps that fail to comply with its data policies, will lose access to Google apps (in this case, Gmail), starting July 15.

This news was reported after several people who had gotten an email from Google, shared it on Twitter. So far, it only appears SwiftKey, which has been given a warning but there could be other third-party apps too, might be in trouble. The email states that “if these apps are unable to meet the deadline to comply with our updated data policy requirements, they'll lose access to your account starting July 15, 2019.”

Currently, SwiftKey requests for blanket permissions when it's accessing Gmail. The kind of permissions is asks for include the ability to view, manage and permanently delete mail; create, update and delete labels; and compose and send new emails. Google doesn't specifically state what policy SwiftKey violates right now but under its revised data policy, developers are required to only request permissions that are absolutely needed.

SwiftKey is a widely used keyboard app on Android, and considering it's currently owned by Microsoft, we're sure that it will update its access policy to comply with Google's. Neither Google nor SwiftKey seems to have sent any official response to this yet.

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Roydon Cerejo writes about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets 360, out of Mumbai. He is the Deputy Editor (Reviews) at Gadgets 360. He has frequently written about the smartphone and PC industry and also has an interest in photography. With over a decade of experience covering the consumer technology space, he is also an avid sci-fi movie and TV show geek and is always up for good horror flick. Roydon is available at roydon@gadgets360.com, so please send in your leads and tips. More
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