The Google My Activity Page is Tracking Your Every Move – Learn How To Stop It
Google Knows Too Much About Us
In my life, not a day goes by without using Google's services or products; whether I want to find the best coffee shop in town or I am looking for an affordable lamp, Google will help. If I want to keep track of where my children are, Google location can tell me. So, like it or not, Google records everything that I am doing with its services.
Google knows and captures every move, every click, every search... and a lot more for every user using Google services. However, the good news is that now you can also see what Google knows about you, and you can take control of what Google can learn about you in the future.
Google's My Activity page is a dashboard that shows their collection of each activity a Google user has performed over the past years using various services or products of Google. You can easily access this page, review it, and control this data. We will provide a step-by-step guide on how to manage your data later in this article.
Why It Is Important To Manage Your Data
There are several instances that you, as an individual, would want to take the control from Google. We recommend using the Google My Activity page for the following reasons:
- Personal Privacy: Another good reason to keep a track of what is being shared with Google is to ensure that your important and personal information is not stolen. You may install Google services and may not pay attention to the permissions and extent of information it can reach. The quickest way to keep it controlled is to visit Google My Activity page and change control to any personal data that you do not intend to share with Google.
- Protect Your Interests: Google keeps a track of things you are interested in, by developing patterns of your Google search. Google uses this data to then show you personalized ads of relevant products and services. If you do not want to get bombed with a variety of ads, then you can control activity page controls.
- Personal Protection: You may share your location with Google to reach a particular location using Google maps. But you most likely do not want Google to keep a track of where you are at the moment. Consequently, it will fill your newsfeed with relevant places around that location. So you can always go to your activity page, review the permissions given to Google to use the services; change it according to your own needs.
- Search History: Also, there is a possibility that you feel comfortable sharing your activities with Google, but you do not want a specific part of it on the activity page. As an example, you searched for something, used location service to reach a particular shop and got the right information because Google used your location to show you nearby places. After that, you want it gone from your history; this control also lies on Google My Activity page.
Step by Step Guide to Manage Your Data in Google's My Activity Page
First of all, make sure you are logged into your Gmail account. In the browser window where you are logged in click here: https://myactivity.google.com/item?authuser=0
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