Google has released a new feature that will reveal how much information the search engine giant has collected about you.
The new ‘My Activity’ tool collects all the data that Google has generated by watching its customers as they move around the web.
If users have not configured their settings to avoid it, the data could include a list of all the website they have visited and what they have used their phone to do.
The feature will also enable users to delete records of their online search requests and videos watched on YouTube in a single location instead of having to visit different websites or apps.
When users first sign into the service it greets them with a series of messages explaining why the ‘My Activity’ feature is beneficial.
‘Rediscover the things you’ve searched for, visited and watched on Google services,’ it says.
‘You can easily delete specific items or entire topics. You can also change your settings and decide what data gets associated with your account,’ the welcoming message says.
The page shows a catalogue of pages visited, things searched and other activity, grouped by time.
It also lets people look at the same timeline through filters looking at specific dates, and specific products like Google search and YouTube.
The company is tying to make it easier for users to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about their online activities across phones, computers and other devices.
It keeps track of everything you have searched for in Google’s search engine, links you have clicked on after searches and even Google Map searches.
HOW TO FIND YOUR ACTIVITY
Visit Google’s My Activity.
Sign in with your Google account information.
This will enable you to see all the information Google has stored on the history of your account.
To delete any, click on the three dots in the top right corner and choose ‘Delete activity by’.
This will take you to a window where you can pick if you would like to delete any information.
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