Facebook has hit the headlines in recent weeks over the way it handles the private data of its 2 billion users.
But now an IT expert has revealed that Google keeps a data archive almost TEN TIMES the size of what Facebook keeps on users.
Over the weekend, web developer Dylan Curran, from Ireland posted a series of Tweets that quickly went viral.
“Want to freak yourself out? I’m gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it,” he tweeted.
Want to freak yourself out? I'm gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it
— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
He then laid out exactly what Google knows about him dating back to 2008 – a huge amount of data which Dylan called “preposterous”.
Dylan revealed that Google knew every single place he had visited in the past year, as well as every website he had clicked on.
Google even had details of the all the files that Dylan had deleted from his Google Drive account.
Dylan made the discovery after downloading his Facebook and Google data archive.
While the data held by Facebook was fairly large at around 600MB or 400,000 Word documents, it paled in comparison to Google’s data file which was almost 5.5GB, or 3 million Word documents.
After looking through part of his archive he found that Google was tracking his location constantly and also had information on his hobbies and interests and estimates on his possible income and his weight.
Dylan outlined exactly what Google and Facebook knows about him in a piece for the Guardian
Speaking to NBC News, Dylan said: It’s wrong to trust any entity that big with so much information.
“They’re just trying to make money,” and at some point, “someone is going to make a mistake.”
So what does Google know about you?
It’s no secret that tech companies store vasts amount of data on their users but the detail in the level of data may surprise you.
As Dylan Curran discovered, if you have location on your smartphone turned on, Google has a record of everywhere you have been. For Dylan, this included everywhere he had visited in Ireland throughout the last year.
It even included the names of pubs and bars he had visited, how long he had stayed in them and the route he took home.
To find out exactly what Google knows about you, click on the links below:
Where you have been: https://www.google.com/maps/timeline?pb
Everything you have searched for: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
All the apps you use: https://myaccount.google.com/permissions?pli=1
All your YouTube history: https://www.youtube.com/feed/history/search_history
Download your own Google data archive: https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout?pli=1
Download your Facebook data archive: https://www.facebook.com/help/131112897028467