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Old 13 Feb 2020, 12:09 AM   #1
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Google terminating third-party app access to account

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Beginning February 18, 2020, the following app will no longer have access to your Gmail data: XXXXXXGoogle has always worked to design our tools and services with security at their core. Last year, we proactively updated the Google User Data Policy to better protect Gmail users.
As part of this policy, apps you granted access to your Google account that have not passed a required security assessment will no longer be able to access your Gmail data starting February 18, 2020.
That message came to me via email from Google. I've emailed support for the app developer, but have not yet received a response. Anyone else getting one of these messages?
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Old 13 Feb 2020, 01:12 AM   #2
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Related information here:

https://support.google.com/cloud/ans..._topic=3473162

You didn't mention the app in question, hopefully if anyone is using that same app they will report here.
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Old 13 Feb 2020, 01:14 AM   #3
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I've never granted third-party access to Gmail, so I don't expect to see a similar message...
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Old 13 Feb 2020, 03:14 AM   #4
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The app developer got back to me and said that Google was making it very difficult to pass their security tests, but they "hope" their app will continue to work after February 18. Not very encouraging.
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Old 13 Feb 2020, 04:11 AM   #5
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Look at the bright side: Googe wants to make sure nobody can bypass their security measures. You cannot argue with that, can you?
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Old 13 Feb 2020, 05:48 AM   #6
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Look at the bright side: Googe wants to make sure nobody can bypass their security measures. You cannot argue with that, can you?
I don't know how secure their app is. I remember all of the ads to "upgrade" to chrome. They can probably track you more effectively on their app. Call me cynical if you want.
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Old 14 Feb 2020, 03:32 AM   #7
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They can probably track you more effectively on their app.
That may be true, but it is only marginally better. I suspect anything you download from the Play Store means you are pretty much opted in to full tracking whether you like it or not. But, I trust Google to maintain "security" of my data much more than I do any of the independent app providers. Security and "privacy" are two different things. The app I was using was for account backup purposes. Worked well, but apparently Google doesn't think it is secure for some reason.
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Old 16 Feb 2020, 11:50 PM   #8
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Does this affect SMTP submission or IMAP access?
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Old 17 Feb 2020, 04:43 AM   #9
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To check third-party access in your Google Account, go to:

Manage your Google Account
Secure account
Security Checkup - Third-party access

You should see any access there - for example, my Gmail account shows access to my Android (it's not Gmail) e-mail app.

My understanding of the OAuth process is that, when adding a Gmail account to your (not Gmail) e-mail app, you have to go through a verification process (a web page opens for you to complete the verification). If your app does not open a web page, it's probably an app that won't meet Google's standard.
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Old 18 Feb 2020, 03:27 PM   #10
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Was this an Android app or something else? I had 7 third-party apps: Windows live mail and Mailstore home, an Edge extension, some google tasks apps on Android, and Xodo PDF had Drive access. Did not list the WinPhone mail app.

Never got a message from Google.
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Old 18 Feb 2020, 04:07 PM   #11
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Just to clarify the OP's subject, it's not all third-party apps, just those apps that don't comply.

I believe if an app doesn't comply, it will say that when you check your Gmail account. The apps you've listed may already comply.
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Old 18 Feb 2020, 09:45 PM   #12
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It's a web app called UpSafe for backing up my Gmail account. No backups since 2/17, no word from developers, no error messages from Google. Not sure what is happening.
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Old 18 Feb 2020, 10:27 PM   #13
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Discussed in this thread:

https://support.google.com/accounts/...23650824?hl=en
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Old 18 Feb 2020, 11:34 PM   #14
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I just checked and UpSafe seems to be working again. Apparently they have passed Google verification. I have asked support for an update.
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