Everything Google knows about you
According to Google, I am a woman between the ages of 25 and 34 whospeaks English as her primary language and has accumulated an unwieldy74,486 e-mails in her life. I like cooking, dictionaries and Washington, D.C. I own a Mac computer that I last accessed at 10:04 p.m. lastnight, at which time I had 46 open Chrome tabs. And of the thousands and thousands of YouTube videos I have watched in my lifetime, a trulyembarrassing number of them concern (a) funny pets or (b) Taylor Swift.
I didn’t tell Google any of these things intentionally, of course — Ididn’t fill out a profile or enter a form. But even as you searchGoogle, it turns out, Google is also searching you.
Want to find out all the things Google knows about you? Read on…
Find Out What Google Knows About You
Whether you are browsing the Internet for basic information or yourwhole life depends on the Internet, you are somehow connected to Googleservices. This means that Google also knows a lot about you and keepstrack of your online activities to provide a better service. This may raise privacy concerns for privacy-conscious people. After all, not everyone is comfortable with someone tracking every location theyvisit. If you are a bit concerned about Google trackingyou, then you might want to know what Google actually knows about you,and you may even opt out. In this article we will help you find out what Google knows about you and how to opt out of it.
1. Find out what Google thinks about you
In order to serve relevant ads, Google collects data about you andcreates a profile. You can control and review the information Google has on you here:
Google also has a tool called Google Analytics, that helps publishers see what pages you have viewed on their website, how many times youhave visited it, how long did you stay etc. You can opt out if you don’t want this type of data to be collected:
2. Find out your location history
If you use Android, your mobile device may be sending your location to Google. You can see your entire location history here:
3. Find out your entire Google Search history
Google saves every single search you have ever done. On top of that,they record every Google ad you have clicked on. This log is availablein Google web history controls:
4. Get a monthly security and privacy report from Google
Google offers an Account activity page that tells you about all theGoogle services you are using. You can even enable a monthly report that will be sent to your email:
5. Find out all the apps and extensions that are accessing your Google data
The Account activity page also offers a list of all the apps thathave any type of access to your data. You can see the exact type ofpermissions granted to the app and revoke access to your data here:
6. Export all of your data out of Google
Google lets you export all your data: bookmarks, emails, contacts,drive files, profile info, your youtube videos, photos and more here:
Google tracks everything you do: here’s how to delete it
Google saves every voice search
Google’s voice search-saving habits have been reported on many times.
Anyone who use Google’s voice search or the voice-activated assistant, GoogleNow, have their searches stored so that more relevant ads are served and search features are steadily improved — in the same way you’d expectfrom regular Google search.
And a lot of people don’t realise that many of these searches are actuallyrecorded. This means users are able to listen back to exactly what theysearched for by listening to what they said and how they said it.
How to delete it: If you’ve used any of Google’s opt-in voice features for yourself, then head to Google’s Voice & Audio Activity page to review your voice searches and listen back to them. Be warned, this could be interesting, funny or just plain cringe-worthy.
To delete this database of embarrassing searches select one or more of the recordings from the check box beside them and then click “delete” atthe top of the screen.
Google saves all your searches
Probably the least surprising of the lot, but Google has all of your search history stored up.
How to delete it: If you’d rather not have a list of ridiculous search queries stored up, then head to Google’s history page, click Menu (the three vertical dots) and then hit Advanced -> All Time -> Delete.
If you want to stop Google tracking your searches for good, head to the activity controls page and toggle tracking off.
Google tracks and records your location
As well as recording your searches and your voice, Google has also been keeping tabs on your location.
Google’s location history, or timeline page, serves up a Google Map and allows you to select specific dates and times andsee where you were. Its accuracy depends on whether you were signed into your Google account and carrying a phone or tablet at the time.
How to delete it: When you visit the timeline page you can hit the settings cog in the bottomright hand corner of the screen and select delete all from there.
There’s also the option to pause location history by hitting the big button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
But this one is a little trickier to completely get rid of, because to stop it happening in future you’ll need to opt out of both location tracking and location reporting with your device — whether you’re runningAndroid or iOS.
Google also keeps a history of your YouTube searches. You can find it here: