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OAuth scopes and permissions in Shift
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Shift asks for certain permissions or "scopes" so you can use your emails in Shift. This is the OAuth authorization protocol process. When you allow Shift access to these scopes, this provides the Shift desktop application on your computer access to Google/Microsoft APIs to access your email accounts on your behalf. This access and the information within each service is strictly local to the Shift desktop application on your computer. None of the information contained in any of these services, including what is rendered within each service is ever sent to or stored on Shift's servers. 

 

 

Below is some more information about the specific permissions that Shift asks for and why they are required.

 

Email messages and settings

This scope allows the Shift desktop application on your computer to view your email messages and settings so that you can use your email in Shift. This scope is also needed for the Unified Search feature so that the API can return search results for your email at your request. The search result data is again only stored locally on your computer. The Shift servers or anyone at Shift can never view what's rendered in your email or your Unified Search results.

 

Send email on your behalf

This scope allows the Shift desktop application on your computer to send email on your behalf to share your Shift with people you choose, at your request. If you choose to share your Shift referral link with your contacts, share a Shift Workspace you created, or invite team members to join your Team, Shift will send emails that appear to have been sent by your email address. 

 

If you choose to not participate in the referral program, don't share your Workspaces, or do not create a Team, this scope does not apply to you.

 

See and download all your Google Drive files

This scope allows the Shift desktop application on your computer to view and download your Drive files, as well as see the names and emails of people you share files with. This scope is also needed for the Unified Search feature so that the API can return search results for your Drive at your request. The search result data is again only stored locally on your computer. The Shift servers or anyone at Shift can ever view what's rendered in your email or your Unified Search results.

 

See and download your contacts

This scope allows the Shift desktop application on your computer to see and copy your Contacts, which may include the names, phone numbers, addresses, and other information from your contacts. This scope is needed to populate suggested contacts if you decide to share your unique referral link with your personal contacts from our referral page within in Shift, from within a Workspace you want to share, as well as in the Teams tab you want to invite team members to join.

 

If you choose to not participate in the referral program, don't share your Workspaces, or do not create a Team, this scope does not apply to you.

 

View your calendars

This scope allows the Shift desktop application on your computer to view your Calendar. This scope is needed for the Mute Notifications feature so Shift can see when to turn off notifications based on the events scheduled in your calendar. This scope is also needed for the Unified Search feature so that the API can return search results for your Calendar at your request

 


What's next?

Learn answers to frequently asked questions about Shift's Privacy Policy here.

 

View Shift's full privacy policy here.

 

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