Find Out Everything That Google Knows About You

How many of Google's products and services do you use?  Gmail?  Google Docs?  Google Checkout?  Blogger.com?  Chrome?  Picasa?  Chances are, you use a fair few Google services.  Which means that Google knows a worryingly large amount about you.  

To find out just how much, head to www.google.com/dashboard and log in with your normal gmail/Google account.  You'll then be able to see all of the data that Google holds, all in one place.  From the number of messages in your mailbox, to the most recent item you bought via Checkout, or the most recent picture you shared on Picasa.

Now, tell me honestly that you're still not worried about the IT industry's continuing relentless move to cloud computing!

 

 

 

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by Juxxize on 19. October 2012 - 10:08  (101043)

I don't trust google as far as I could throw them, and although it's difficult I try to avoid using google products but in this day and age it's hard ( especially with me having a android phone which came loaded with google products which couldn't be removed ! until I rooted my phone ha ha foiled you google ) but who doesn't use you-tube ? Some how and don't know how it happened google changed my you-tube yahoo email to a gmail email address and I can't delete the gmail address from my you-tube account , I don't even remember it happening but I fear the change may have happened when I was setting up my android phone, I've sent them emails saying I don't want a gmail email but they say I'll have to clouse my you-tube account, lot's of my on-line friends mentioned the same thing happening to them and their not even sure when it happened either . I was shocked to learn the other day that my whole computer search history from when I got it last year was saved in> google search page/ settings ( at the top of the page on the right) / web history , I was fuming as I run my ccleaner all the time I stupidly thought it was clearing my internet history like this . It's not that I have anything to hide at all ,in fact my search results would be quite boring by alot of peoples standards it's the fact that google are holding all this information on me ( and 18months of search results is alot of information) so now I have it set to not save history ( I bookmark anything of interest anyway plus until a few days ago I didn't know it was there) and I have added this add-on to my firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-no-tracking-url/?s... it seems to least stop them tracking the links I click on but not the searches/ search results / search history .
I know they need to collect this information to improve their search engine but I think they/ google should be collecting this information anonymously.

by gpc111 on 25. June 2011 - 20:35  (74333)

This may be nice, it seems I will never know. Since I live in Korea my page only shows up in Korean. No english option and my attempts to translate the page has failed. Oh well...

by T Mike (not verified) on 28. June 2011 - 2:33  (74446)

but our chrome browser has a feature that will allow near automatic translation....I'm just not sure what it is called as I write this 'heads up'

by rroberto18 (not verified) on 25. June 2011 - 14:38  (74326)

I see what Google knows.
I know Google has stated privacy policies but they all have loopholes big enough to fly a 747 through.
Aside from hackers getting to this data, who else can and how? Who else can and did?
Those simple questions are never answered specifically in any policy statement.
I'd like to know the specific entities that Google has given/sold my data to. And to know if there a way to stop that from happening.
Other than to never use the internet again.

by redmaledeer (not verified) on 22. June 2011 - 22:19  (74196)

As a small deterrent to Google, or at least the Google search engine, consider using Scroogle (www.scroogle.org) instead. It's a single-purpose proxy which insulates you from Google, i.e., it passes your search request to Google and passes Google's results back to you, but does not give Google any information about you.

by Harris Roberts (not verified) on 22. June 2011 - 12:10  (74156)

oh for the good old days when using a search engine one did not click an ad by mistake and the order search results did not depand on whether you paid or how much

by Jake MAverick (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 21:40  (74124)

they won't even let me log in to see!

I keep getting

Google

404. That’s an error.

The requested URL /dashboard?hl=en&lr=all was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

But as a political dissident in this country i know damn well that they're still monitoring everyhting I do, even thought the vans over the street have gone soemt ime back. They've done far worse to me and others than data rape!

by Agenda21 (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 20:18  (74114)

You may want to WATCH this before commenting on Google:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/116372/cnbc-originals-inside-the-mind-of-google

by JoeKisonu (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 17:56  (74106)

Everyone that is not concerned is overlooking a different aspect of this... the threat from the scum-of-the-earth hackers and other cyber criminals. The more places you have data collected about you, the more your chances are increased of one of these low lifes getting their hands on that information.
Don't fool yourselves into believing that google, facebook, twitter, etc are perfectly safe from this. Just look at the news in the last few months... Citibank data breach, social security admin, lockheed martin, sony, laptops and harddrives with hundreds of accounts stolen or missing, etc. Many companies that thought they were secure from attacks have lost data to these criminals. Sometimes by direct attacks, but also from within. All it takes is one person to click on a link or open an attachment, and the hackers have found a way into a network.
I have no doubt that google has more data on you than what they are displaying thru this link, and all that data is susceptible to being stolen. How about that credit card number or check routing number you used when in google checkout? Your address when you set up an account? Every bit of data collected on you, willingly or otherwise, is at risk. Why add to that voluntarily?

by Bob forrest (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 14:23  (74091)

I'm not worried, I have always been careful about what I put on the web.
If I don't like something I'll used an assumed name or change some stats. Why tell the truth all the time to a machine. I noticed I might be the only u tube up loader that is 110 years old .

Bob

by Xtian (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 9:11  (74066)

I am not worried really.
I have nothing to hide. What horrible thing you think Google can do to me by knowing this data?

by capealava (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 1:12  (74061)

First time I saw this (a long time ago), I was excited, not freaked. How cool that Google is providing an easy way for us to find out what is being stored by Google. And every piece of info in the list was voluntarily provided by me. I have to give that info if I want to use the tools. It's impossible to use a tool but then expect the provider of that tool not to store the very data that the tool is designed to use. If you assume nefarious actions on the part of Google or Facebook or any other provider, don't use the tools. Instead, put your efforts towards crafting your tin foil hat.

No, I'm honestly not worried about the "IT industry's continuing relentless move to cloud computing!"

by Desi on 20. June 2011 - 20:10  (74054)

Horrified but not surprised. I have recently become very worried about how much Facebook appears to be finding out about me that I have not put in my profile - such as the names of total strangers who contact me by e-mail regarding holiday accommodation. These names suddenly appear in my facebook page as friend suggestions. Coincidence? I think not!

So if Facebook is reading the mail downloaded into Thunderbird to pick up names or e-mail addresses and match them to it's database, then Google will be able to do that too. I know already they do targetted advertising from key words in your gmail - but what else are they picking up in your mail accounts?

by Jonatahn (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 17:26  (74052)

I use FF with No-Script installed. I mark anything google as untrusted, IE google-analytics, etc. I do not need google to become big brother on me! The only thing that I saw that surprised me was that my gmail account had 400+ messages in the trash, since I use POP3 to download messages, I never check the web!

by Ferdinand (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 15:57  (74050)

This is a coincidence. I visited my Google Dashboard today, to dig my browsing history up to some point where Google Chrome's history has forgotten (i.e. 3 months ago). For some (and this article might stress on), it is horrifying indeed. For me, it IS expected! I allowed Google to save my browsing habit, and now I just harvest my benefit for doing so. See, it's actually just a mere tool; nothing's wrong here. The one who actually USE the tool is the more responsible one. Just like you use your fork at home to eat versus to pull someone's eye out, right? If you don't allow Google, Facebook, or even Apple to track your private data, but they harvest it without you knowing and allowing it, that's the real concern. As long as you hold the control, everything is just fine (I explicitly put my address at Facebook but set the permission to Only friend, and nothing's happened to me up to this point). So just be smart: learn and read carefully before allowing or confirming something. They won't do something harmful unless they want to shut down their business :)

by Xtian (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 9:14  (74067)

It totally agree with you. Couldn't have said it better.

by Dobry (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 15:30  (74049)

Before the web existed I was happy to avail myself of the protections with which the U.S. government had surrounded the sealed envelope. I was unwilling to pen my communications on postcards. And, I still remain unwilling to do so today.

Those who denigrate concens about privacy should talk to people who lived under Communism (or any other totalitarian regime). An "innocent" remark, gesture, letter, which yesterday was considered of no consequence, could bring the secret police to one's door today. And those who naively say or think "it couldn't happen here" apparently have had no contact recently with the policies of Homeland Security in its various forms, expecially concerning immigration, bank accounts and money wire transfers, nor have they considered, even for a moment, all that has happened with the Partriot Act, illegal wiretaps, and etc. "It" has, in fact, already happened here.

So, I keep my data only on storage devices that are under my exclusive control, and I always use a paid VPN which doesn't record my IP address. NoScript, Ghostery and Cookie Monster are continuously invoked in my browser, and I only use Ixquick as a search engine. If I have the smallest sensation that "those in authority" might conceivably have any interest whatsoever in someone who looks at the web page I intend to visit, I use Ixquik's proxy service.

I am happy in the knowledge that police and their brethren, like any carnivores, most profitably spend their time going after easy prey.

by Ivan (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 14:38  (74046)

These are just statistics of google services. I really don't think that is bad.
Too much paranoia leads to mental institutions, and it isn't all that healthy.

by Vlad (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 14:29  (74043)

well I am from USSR....

got to use to it long time ago...

the difference is that now it goes global

{Moderator's Comment: Religion based assertion removed}

by Jim Solar (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 14:19  (74042)

Not really that worrisome. This information arrived on Google as a result of my input and/or approval. I can fairly easily control this information. What scares me is Facebook, not Google. If all the information ever collected by Facebook were to disappear, I doubt whether 10% of it would be reposted by it's owners or authors after such an incident. Facebook needs a one click account cancellation, not a 2 week cooling off period with a pre-condition of not revisiting the site. This is really suspicious.

by garth on 20. June 2011 - 15:22  (74048)

I don't use Facebook but i would assume details regarding account cancellations are stated in the terms and conditions, so i don't see how it's at all suspicious that Facebook simply applies conditions that people have agreed to upon signup.

by mrgargal (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 14:07  (74041)

Just think how much fun J. Edger Hoover would have had with the internet

by Deason Hunt (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 13:44  (74040)

The expectation of privacy outside your own home or inside your home when you invite others in is bogus. There is no such animal. When we surf we both invite others inside and also venture out. Personally, I prefer interacting with the world in and out. It beats living in a cave somewhere never to see the light of day. I'm not perfect by any means, but I try to live my life in such a way that if everything I say or do becomes known I won't be sorry.

by 3rdgear (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 13:37  (74039)

It's probably too late to worry about it all. They've been collecting data on us for a very long time.

by Jonny The G (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 12:53  (74038)

The problem is that corporate america owns judges, lawyers and the media , amongst other things congressman, etc Ones private data should remain private, except for criminals and terrorists. The public should be allowed to sue these drones who collect data for personal privacy invasion. A good example is ones Social Security Number which is used by the banks, car dealers , real estate and yes terrorists .We the people should guard our privacy and freedom more aggresively .Remember, big brother is stealing your lunch ALL the time.

by Ouman77 (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 12:27  (74035)

The only "piece of Google" that I use is the search engine ~ when I need to look for stuff.
Other than that I steer well clear of Facebook, twitter, gmail &c., &c. They most likely know my ISP and possibly whereabouts in the world I live, but I very much doubt that they know "Who I Am" ~ nor would they care.

by Peter Storm (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 11:53  (74032)

Interestingly, the Facebook link in my Google profile was to some other geezer's Facebook page with the same name.
I've removed it now, but I'm wondering how it got there. Definitely not me. Maybe linked mistakenly from Facebook by him? (he did look a bit stupid).

by Marcus (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 9:00  (74023)

Have to say I'm not too worried about the data Google is holding on me. At least they are being transparent about the data they are holding.

by TedinOz (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 12:47  (74037)

I agree that they are transparent and in many respects we still have control with various permissions and settings. I am not too fussed with what they appear to know about me. It actually served to remind me of some actions I had previously taken that I didn't need anymore and was able to change things. This is a good article though and continues to remind us how vulnerable we are and how cautious we must continue to be. Keep the firewalls fired up I say...

by Skye-hook (not verified) on 20. June 2011 - 6:45  (74018)

They probably know a lot more than that about me, even though I don't use Gmail, Picasa, etc, etc. I have Google earth, and it's updater sure calls home a LOT, many times a day, plus my street has been done on street view in Google Earth, so as we were told, the google vehicle doing that probably recorded my ISP number as it cruised along. Will we all someday HAVE to use cloud computing? Then we'll have no control at all. AND they will be able to just turn it all off with 1 button too. Big Brother will always be a threat, won't it? Til or IF it ever gets that bad, be careful what you write into your PC and anywhere online. It's truly all ridiculous, isn't it? Scary as heck. Why do you use Gmail, when you know they say they'll keep it all stored forever???

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