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2.3 million times a second, people use Google.com to do web searches. Google collects more data about web users than any other company.
But it doesn’t sell your personal information. Instead, Google uses what it knows about you to display advertising that matches your interests as you surf the web.
So, what does Google know about you? Unless you’ve changed the default settings on your computer, tablet or smartphone, Google tracks:
All the appointments on your Google calendar
Where you’ve driven and the route you took to get there — particularly on Android phones
Events you’ve attended and when you arrived
Emails you’ve sent, received and deleted using Gmail
All the music you listen to using Google Play Music
Credit card information you’ve used with Google Pay
Your fitness routine if you use Google Fit
Every ad served by Google you’ve ever clicked on
Your age, hobbies, career, relationship status and income
Everything you’ve ever searched for and deleted using Google’s search engine
Every webpage you’ve ever visited using the Google Chrome web browser
Every article you’ve read on Google News
Photos that Google has backed up for you
Android apps you own and whenever you use them
Every video you’ve watched on YouTube
Every location you’ve searched for using Google maps
Information about travels using the WAZE app
The layout of your house if you buy a Roomba vacuum cleaner
Your voice, every time you activate a Google speaker
Be aware: the file containing your information will be very large — probably many gigabytes, enough to fill millions of Word docs — and will require up to two days for Google to prepare and deliver it to you.
How can you manage what personal information Google collects? You can limit some of the information by clicking here.
You can also request that Google delete information about you it already has by clicking here, though that will take considerable time.
Remember, if you're not paying to use an online service (and sometimes even when you are paying), they make their money by showing you targeted advertising, selling you their other products or by selling your personal information to other companies.
The home security website securitybaron.com put together a list of tech companies and personal information they collect about users.
Click on the chart to see what they found.
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and print information about creating safer passwords.
What do e-commerce websites you visit say about your politics?
What does the tech support person you're chatting with know about you?
And what's so dangerous about free VPNs?
Take the National Privacy Month Quiz to find out!
One last thing...
How Santa will operate next time.
In the upcoming edition of Aware Force:
What Facebook knows about you. And it's probably more than you think.
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January 2019 a • Edition #61
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