Stop What You are Doing, Find out What Google Knows about You



Have you ever wondered what data is stored with your Google Account? The Google Dashboard offers a simple view into the data associated with your account, easily and concisely in one location.

Today, with hundreds of millions of people using Google products around the world, Google has taken numerous steps to protect their privacy and data. Here’s a prepared close look on all that Google tracks about you.

 ‘Location History’

In the event that you’re location history is turned on, Google will track where you go. Google will record and visualize GPS tracks of all your outdoor activity. This also allows Google to periodically store and use your device’s most recent location data in connection with your Google Account and will mark places and describe activities for others to discover via Google Maps.

The users can view and manage Location History at maps.google.com/locationhistory and can turn off their Location History at any point, but doing so won’t delete Location History.

‘Browsing History’

Google will track user’s web search in a pack of distinctive categories if the search History is turned on. How does Web History work? All one needs is a Google Account and the Google Toolbar with Page Rank enabled. The Toolbar, as part of the browser, helps Google associate the pages visited with particular Google Account.

Recently, Google renamed its Search History to Web History which reflects the new functionality.

‘About Google Ads’

While browsing the Internet, reading email, or shopping online, the users probably notice Google Ads that are related to what the user searched for or viewed. Google can serve interest based ads on the grounds that it has a bundle of information about the user, including your age, sexual orientation, languages you talk, and interests.

The ads one sees may be based on what the individual has searched for, current location, and the time of day. The factors that determine the ads are recent and previous web searches, Google Web History and the Ad Settings.

But, one can also opt ads based on their interests, previous website visits, and other information by setting preferences in Google ads settings. Ads Settings is a Google tool that helps the user control the ads that one sees on Google services and on websites that partner with Google such as through Google’s Display Network.

 

‘Devices and Activity’

Google keeps track of the list of devices that have accessed by the user in the last 28 days or are currently signed in to accounts through Devices & activity page. Google also have details about the user’s last activity on each device, like the last time and place it was used to access the user account.

One can use the information shown on Devices & activity page to check for suspicious activity. Google determines device’s last used location using IP addresses. The users can review their last activity on a device by going to Google Accounts security tab and in the “Recent activity” box, click on Devices & activity. There one can see a list of devices that have the user signed in to your account in the last 28 days or are currently signed in. Click on a device to see the last activity on it, including the last date and time it connected to Google.

For example, if there are any apps that automatically sync with Google, the user can see the last time the apps were synced.

‘Account Permissions’

On the Account Permissions tab of Google Account, the user can see a list of third-party sites and applications. These are sites and applications to the users have granted permission to access their Google Account, and one can see on this list to what parts of their account they have access.

When the user grants full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in the associated Google Account, but it can’t change password, delete account, or pay with Google Wallet.

These apps have access to basic data from your account, like name, email, gender, or country. Permissions for some apps and sites might include read and write access, which means that they can post information about the user activity on their app or site to Google products that are being used.



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