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The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers ask Google to answer Gmail privacy concerns

WASHINGTON — Senior lawmakers requested answers from Alphabet Inc. on Tuesday about its privacy questions surrounding Gmail, the company’s popular email service.

In a letter from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and two subcommittee chairmen, the lawmakers asked Larry Page, Alphabet’s chief executive, to explain the company’s practice of allowing third-party app developers to scan email contents for commercial purposes. That practice was revealed last week in The Wall Street Journal.

The lawmakers expressed concern that most consumers don’t understand how app developers may be using data from emails including, the letter said, “giving access to personal emails to their employees.

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