How you can share your Google data with third parties

Google helps you securely share some of your Google Account data with third-party apps and services.

When you give third-party apps or services access to your Google Account:

  • Google informs you what types of data you can share with third-party apps.
  • Google doesn’t share your data without your authorization.
  • You can stop sharing your Google Account data with a third-party account at any time.
  • Google doesn’t share your Google Account password with third-party apps.

About the data shared when you grant access to your Google Account

What data Google shares

Before you decide to give access to your Google Account, we’ll help you understand what data the third-party app has requested.

You can review:

  • The Google services that the third party has requested access to.
  • The level of data access the third party has and what actions it can take with your Google data.
Google products with sensitive info

Third-party apps may request access to data you’d consider personal or sensitive. Examples of Google products that may contain sensitive info include:

  • Gmail: Your emails may contain the names of your contacts, your private correspondence, or sensitive documents.
  • Photos: Your Google Photos albums may have photos that you’d prefer not to share or have visible to others, like pictures of your family or copies of official documents.
    • Some photos are tagged automatically with a date and location..
  • Drive: Your Google Drive may contain sensitive files you’ve uploaded like:
    • Personal photos
    • Medical records
    • Financial records
    • Official reports
    • Presentations.
  • Calendar: Your Google Calendar can have important info about your daily routine and private events, like the locations, guests, and descriptions of appointments or meetings.
  • Contacts: Your Google Contacts can include the names, phone numbers, addresses, and contact details of people you know.

Tip: If you share documents with other people, third-party apps and services can find their names and email addresses.

What data can third-party apps or services share

When you give a third-party app access to your Google Account, Google doesn’t receive access to your account on the third-party app or service.

When you give Google permission to access certain data in the third-party account, the type of sharing is different from sharing some access to your Google Account. Learn more about Google Account linking.

About how long a third-party app or service can keep your data

The duration for how long a third-party app stores your data depends on their retention policy. To learn more about how a third-party app or service uses your data, go to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You may find this info on the third-party app or their website.

Before you give access to your Google Account data

When you give access to a third-party app or service to your Google Account, they may read, edit, delete, or share sensitive info.

To learn about how a third-party app or service uses your data and how they keep it safe, read the privacy policy and security disclosures for the third-party app or service.

Before you give access to a third-party app or service to your Google Account, consider these factors:

  • Security: If the third-party app’s server is breached, unauthorized people may access your data. When you give access to a third-party app or service to your Google Account, they can copy and save your data on their own servers. Since Google can’t protect the data on another company’s servers, your data may be subject to greater data security and privacy risks.
  • Data use: The third-party app may misuse or share your data inappropriately.
  • Data deletion: You may not be able to quickly or automatically delete your data from their servers as it depends on the third-party app. It may also be difficult to delete the account you created on the third-party app or service.
  • Policy changes: You may not directly get notifications from the third-party app or service about changes in their policies and practices.
  • Data visibility: A third-party app may have individuals who look at the Google Account data that you’ve shared with them.

Important: To ensure that you’re comfortable with the access to your data, read the third-party’s privacy policy.

About unverified apps

Third-party apps that request access to your sensitive information may not have been reviewed by Google for compliance with Google’s policies for data security. For example, if a third-party app is still in development or not broadly available, it may not have been reviewed by Google.

If you receive a warning that an app is unverified, do not share your data unless you trust the app developer.

Why some apps are unverified

Apps may be unverified because the:

  • Developer is still testing the app.
  • App is internal and limited to a specific organization.

Untrustworthy developers may try to use unverified apps for harmful purposes, like to install unwanted software or steal personal information. Share your data only if you’re confident to trust the app developer.

Manage third-party apps & services with access to your Google Account

You can always review or change your Google Account third-party access.

Tip: To review or change the access of a third-party app or service, select its name from the list.

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