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vexed87
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Google tracking

Post by vexed87 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:04 am

I just learnt about google's My Activity page where you can review the information google collects on you. Particularly notable if you use/have used android phones, or any of their web products. I was surprised by the volume of data they had about my location/travel history amongst other things. In the wrong hands, it could be particularly dangerous, so I've cleared the whole thing and suspended all tracking features.

I don't think Google themselves will be doing anything particularly nefarious with my data, but then again, you never know who will get their hands on it in the future...

I figured some of the folks here who are fond of their online anyonomity may find this interesting:
https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity

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TheRedHare
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Re: Google tracking

Post by TheRedHare » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:43 pm

Ah yes, I learned about this several months back. Super creepy stuff!

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Re: Google tracking

Post by enigmaT120 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:16 pm

I like it that Google Maps, when my address is typed in, shows my neighbor's house across the canyon.

I just tried to look at that Myactivity page and Google thinks I'm somebody else. :-) I did not log in under a different account, though I do have one.

Scott 2
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Re: Google tracking

Post by Scott 2 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:46 pm

I was pleased to find no data logged. I turned all that tracking stuff off years ago.

I do wonder how much of it they actually keep, but just hide from display.

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BRUTE
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Re: Google tracking

Post by BRUTE » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:11 am

all of it

black_son_of_gray
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Re: Google tracking

Post by black_son_of_gray » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:19 am

Also worth keeping in mind that Google continues to track you even when you are signed out (if you have an account), so even if you have opted out of tracking within the account, they STILL track you for various things.

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vexed87
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Re: Google tracking

Post by vexed87 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:04 am

Indeed, I use DuckDuckGo as my default search engine and can recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative. I also recently dropped my gmail account in favour of a custom domain with fastmail.

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Re: Google tracking

Post by cmonkey » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:21 am

Startpage.com acts as a Google proxy so you get Google results without Google tracking.

I have a startmail.com account. It's something like $60/year. I've had a good experience with them.

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Re: Google tracking

Post by BeyondtheWrap » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:20 pm

I barely use my Google account, so there are huge gaps of time in my activity log. The searches correspond in time to the few times a year I check my Gmail or log in to YouTube.

EDIT: Forgot about my Google Analytics account at work that I never log out of. FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU...

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