There have been reports of Edison Mail — a popular email client on iPhones and Android — showing other people’s accounts on your phone.
I was surprised by this. I’ve written many email clients, and I couldn’t imagine how this could happen. Email clients may take multiple accounts, but they only involve traffic to the mail server and your device. How would other people’s email account end up on your system? You don’t even know the other person’s credentials in order to do it.
Turns out that Edison Mail process your email on their servers. You give Edison Mail your email credentials and passwords, so they can rifle through… I mean parse through your email, and help sort it and organize it for you.
By linking our Services to your email or other internet accounts, you authorize us to collect, process, and retain information, including personal information, from those accounts. We use this information to provide our Services to you and, as permitted, use Commercial Data, which is non-personal data such as seller, product and price extracted from information we collect, to help us and our Edison Trends’ subscribers aggregate and understand commerce trends.
I can’t believe this email app had been so popular.