Who let Google off the hook?

Google gathers more data like every website you visit, locations history of every place you go, everything you search, what’s in your calendar, documents your write, email received from a gmail account.

We haven’t even gotten into the what the owner of the Android operating platform is also recording from your non-Apple mobile phone.

Speaking of which, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is smelling like a rose right now as the privacy policies of Apple seem pristine and well thought out compared to major tech companies like Google and Facebook.

In fact while they differ in approach, Tim Cook was first to invite the conversation about regulation in Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg initial shot back at Apple’s leader but now in front of the senate while under testimony seems to agree to the idea of regulation.

Here’s what I know. You are the best at determining what level of privacy you should have, what data should be collected about you and how it is used. Right now, our control over these areas of our lives seem out of control.

To Google’s credit, they do a substantially better job at making privacy control understandable. Don’t let that make you think they care about you as a human being as much as they value you as a commodity.

WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU:

  • NAME
  • YOUR EMPLOYER
  • HOME ADDRESS
  • BIRTHDATE
  • MOBILE NUMBERS
  • RECENT GOOGLE SEARCHES
  • EVERYWHERE YOU HAVE GONE
  • YOUTUBE VIDEOS
  • RECORDED VOICE SEARCHES

 

STEP 1

HOW TO LIMIT WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU

1/ LOGON TO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT
2/ GOTO “PERSONAL INFO & PRIVACY
3/ CLICK “PRIVACY CHECKUP”
4/ “MY ACTIVITY” SHOWS PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED

WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU:

  • NAME
  • YOUR EMPLOYER
  • HOME ADDRESS
  • BIRTHDATE
  • MOBILE NUMBERS
  • RECENT GOOGLE SEARCHES
  • EVERYWHERE YOU HAVE GONE
  • YOUTUBE VIDEOS
  • RECORDED VOICE SEARCHES

 

STEP 2

HOW TO LIMIT WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU

1/ LOGON TO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT
2/ GOTO “PERSONAL INFO & PRIVACY
3/ CLICK “PRIVACY CHECKUP”
4/ “MY ACTIVITY” SHOWS PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED

 

STEP 3

HOW TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF EVERYTHING GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU

1/ go to takeout.google.com
2/ check all google products you want to include in the report
3/ download zip file of the 33 google areas

More to know about taking back your privacy here