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Re: Making GNUS continue to work with Gmail

From: Cesar Crusius
Subject: Re: Making GNUS continue to work with Gmail
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:02:40 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> writes:

> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
>   > The person you want to reach out to is probably
>   > dvratil@kde.org. Here's a relevant blog post from him, about how
>   > he fixed the Kontact Oauth2 problem:
>   > https://www.dvratil.cz/2019/08/kontact-google-integration-issue/
> Lars, is this something you can do?
>   > My auth-source-xoauth2 package "avoids" that by having every user
>   > do the API key dance with Google, and as a result is rather hard
>   > to setup.
> Aside from the inconvenience, is there anything about this we simply
> cannot ask users to do?  Does it require accepting terms that are
> unjust and not required for using Gmail itself?

I went through the process a long time ago, so I can't answer that with 
certainty. The current legalese is in the pages here:


Somebody with a keener legal eye could look at it, but there are certainly 
more/different terms there.

As an aside, it is worth noting that my package is not Gmail-specific. It could 
be used for the Reddit example given before via similar means: register a 
project/app in Reddit, get the keys, etc.

The crux here is that there needs to be an app - their intent is that the 
software producer (in this case an "Emacs" or "Gnus") registers an "official" 
app, and the app manages its secrets in a way compliant with their terms (which 
we already know is pretty hard for OSS projects).

Cesar Crusius

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