What does Google know about you?

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We all get the feeling from time to time that big brother is watching us. Some people are concerned about NSA or other governmental organisations but most of us forget or perhaps aren’t aware of how Google, a private commercial organisation, knows about each and every one of us who regularly use its services.

Google knows everything about you.

It knows what you search for, what music you listen to, your travel plans, what restaurants you like to eat in, where you live and what videos you watch.

Soon Google may even know your medical history.

The majority of users never give this another thought as many of us are seemingly happy to give away this information in exchange for a range of useful services but others may be concerned and some may just not be aware to the extent of information that Google holds on its users.

For those concerned or just interested, it is quite easy to find out just how much Google knows about you and you might be shocked about the precise detail.

Google Activity Controls

Just follow these easy steps to find out what information Google has collated about you:

  1. Sign in to your Google account

  2. Then go to history http://history.google.com/history . This gives you a breakdown of your searches. It has also sorts of information such as which sites you visit most and what days you are most active.

  3. At the top right of your screen you will see three vertical dots. Click on these dots and then Settings and this brings up the “activity controls”.

  4. Select “Show More Controls”. This gives you a list of all the places that you have been to, videos that you have watched on YouTube as well as music and other information. It is in this pane that you can toggle the tracking settings for each option on and off.

So there you have it, in 4 simple steps you have found out everything that Google knows about you and have an idea how to, to some extent, control the amount information stored about you.

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