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Many IFTTT features won't work with Gmail soon
If you use If This Then That (better known as IFTTT) to perform automation functions within your Gmail account, unfortunately, some or all of the features you rely on will cease to work very soon.
According to an email Google is sending out to some users (via Not Enough Tech), IFTTT applets won’t work with Gmail starting on March 31, 2019. The reasoning given for this change is that Google claims IFTTT hasn’t “complied with [Google’s] updated data privacy requirements announced on 8 October 2018.”
This policy change is likely a reaction to the large data breach suffered by Google+, which eventually resulted in Google announcing the complete shutdown of the beleaguered social network.
It should be mentioned that this termination of IFTTT integration within Gmail won’t affect other Google services, such as Google Assistant, Google Drive, etc. It should also be noted that other free email services, such as Outlook/Hotmail, will still work with IFTTT.
After the shutdown on March 31, IFTTT applets that did things like auto-forward messages, integrate emails with Google Calendar, send notifications, etc., will no longer work.
Because of what the email explanation from Google says, it is possible that IFTTT could update its policies in some way before March 31 to keep at least some of the services active. However, that seems unlikely considering how the deadline is only a little more than a week away.
Do you use IFTTT applets with Gmail? Is this shutdown bad news for you? Let us know in the comments!
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