Gmail’s API lockdown will kill some third-party app access, starting July 15

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 27 June 2019
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Google is locking down API access to Gmail data (and later, Drive data) soon, and some of your favorite third-party apps might find themselves locked out of your Google account data. The new API policy was announced back in October, but this week Google started emailing individual users of these apps, telling them the apps will no longer work starting July 15.

One absolute doozy of a requirement kicks in if the app stores user data on a third-party server. Google will now require those apps to pass a third-party security audit, which the app developer must pay for. According to the company, the cost "may range from $15,000 to $75,000 (or more) depending on the size and complexity of the application."

After restricting API access for adblockers, Google locks itself down even more. A pity for those who trusted Google (or "the cloud") with their data in the first place.