Google collects a lot of your personal data in order to target adverts and “improve your experience”. They also do so as input for their various research programmes including A.I.

Google may know a lot more about you than you realise.

If you use its products, such as Gmail, Google Search or even an Android phone, the company is collecting more data on you with every use.  

Google is very open about the data it stores about you -- but it might surprise you just how much it knows.

e.g. Google may know the following about you:-

·         Name, gender and birthdate

·         Mobile phone numbers

·         Device IDs for Android devices

·         Recent Google searches

·         The websites you've visited

·         Places you’ve been to over the last few years

·         Your favourite sports, drinks, restaurants etc.

·         Where you work

·         Where you live

·         The YouTube videos you’ve watched and your YouTube searches

·         Every time you’ve used your voice to interact with Google Assistant (including recordings of your voice.)

Google has this sort of information on all of its users and it says it is securely held and that it doesn't give governments   access to it.

Google also promises (unlike Facebook and others) that it doesn't sell your data and doesn’t give access to the data to advertisers. It does say the data is used to personalise the adverts i.e. to make adverts more ‘relevant’ to users. 

Check Google’s Information on You

Log in to your Google Account and then tap the link to Manage adverts Settings, this shows what topics Google thinks you like. Scroll down the page and you'll see your gender, age and any adverts you've blocked.

Google's Location History page shows a guide to everywhere you've been as tracked by Google, in addition to your home and work, if you have saved them in Google Maps.

 Google Assistant - Google stores data on the voice actions you've requested from Google Assistant, whether on a smartphone or Google Home, as well as the sites you visited.

Monthly Security Report

Google offers an Account activity page that tells you about all the Google services you are using. You can even enable a monthly report that will be sent to your email:

https://www.google.com/settings/dashboard

 Get a Copy of All of Your Google data

Google lets you export all your data: bookmarks, emails, contacts, drive files, profile info, your YouTube videos, photos and more here:

https://www.google.com/takeout

You can choose exactly which data to download, from the list of:-

G+1

Google Play Movies

Location History

Bookmarks

Google Play Music

Maps

Calendar

Google+ Circles

My Activity

Classroom

Google+ Communities

News

Contacts

Google+ Stream

Posts on Google

Drive

Groups

Profile

Fit

Hans Free

Saved

G Suite marketplace

Hangouts

Search Contributions

Google My Business

Hangouts on Air

Street View

Google Play

Home APP

Youtube

Google Photos

Input Tools

 

Google Playbooks

Keep

 

 

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