How much does Google know about You?
Since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four in the year 1949 the phrase “Big Brother” has come into common use to describe any prying or overly-controlling authority figure, and attempts by government to increase surveillance.
Today, in the digital age, we have this uncanny feeling of being watched, stalked and our privacy often intruded. An unobtrusive email that you send could be accessed and tracked by network robots.
It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about its users.
Google knows a lot more about you than you probably think it does.
If you use its products, such as Gmail, Google Search or even an Android phone, the company is collecting your data to make its services better for end users.
The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google’s services and provide relevant ads. However, you might be surprised to know Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you.
In October, the Guardian pointed out that every audio command made using an Android phone is recorded and can easily be accessed and played back by visiting the Activity Settings in Google. The same thing can be done if you are an iPhone user and use voice commands with a Google app
Even if you consider yourself a privacy buff, it’s worth taking a look at your settings from time to time to make sure you’re comfortable with what you are sharing.
Here’s how you can view what information Google is tracking and how to make adjustments.
Whether you’re searching for something in the Chrome browser on your computer or smartphone or using another Google app like Maps or Now, Google is tracking your activity to help customize your experience.
Web and app activity, which includes things like your search history and activity in maps, are turned on by default on both iPhone and Android devices because they are tied to your Google account.
You can view all of this information by using the ‘My Activity’ tool.
Watch this video to get a better idea: