Technology · June 22, 2022

Delete this private data that Google knows about you

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Have you ever thought how much Google knows about you? Don’t be surprised. Sign in to your Google account and Check out this page to see exactly what the search giant thinks you’re interested in.

It’s not just a search. Your Gmail inbox, Google Drive files, Maps history, YouTube views and more are added to the dossier of information about you. Here’s a buried Google Maps setting you should change immediately.

While this type of data collection is taken for granted these days, you can delete it nearly everything you’ve shared with Google and get at least some of your privacy back.

Hide your address and phone number

Have you ever stumbled across your phone number, address or other private details online? It’s unsettling, and you can ask Google to stop showing a lot of things, including:

  • Confidential government identification (ID) like your social security number
  • bank account numbers
  • credit card numbers
  • Pictures of handwritten signatures
  • Images of ID documents
  • Very personal, restricted and official records, such as B. Medical records
  • Personal contact information (physical addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses)
  • Confidential Credentials

If you want to submit a removal request to Google, follow these steps:

  • Check the requirements on the Google search removal page.
  • After that you qualify and have the necessary information, click the Start a removal request Button.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to request the removal of your data.

You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your request. Google will notify you when the request is honored, denied, or when you need to take additional steps.

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Search is a gold mine of data

Google uses your search history to create a detailed profile about you. This personalizes ads and content you see.

To clear your search history and activity:

  • Go to myaccount.google.com and sign in. Alternatively, go to google.com while logged in and click circle icon in the upper right corner with your picture or initials inside. Then click Manage your Google account.
  • click Privacy & Personalization to reach Data & Privacy page.
  • Check marks appear next to Web and App Activity, Location History, and YouTube History. Click on each one to customize your settings. Turn them off to stop further tracking if you wish.
  • These pages also allow you to set up automatic deletion for future activity.

Once you’ve followed these steps, your search history will be gone, but you’ve also turned off app tracking, location history, and YouTube views.

Detail of the YouTube logo in front of YouTube Space Studios in London.  (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Detail of the YouTube logo in front of YouTube Space Studios in London. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future via Getty Images via Getty Images)

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Tell Google Assistant “No thanks”

Google Assistant makes it easy to set reminders, search with your voice, and more. Yes, Google monitors this activity.

You can delete saved recordings and other interactions. Here’s how:

  • open yours Google user account Side.
  • In the left navigation pane, click data privacy.
  • Under History Settings, click Web and App Activity.
  • Look for View and delete activity. press the Google Assistant iconconsisting of four circles.
  • You’ll see a list of your past activities. You can click on those X next to each item you want to delete, or you can click on the word Extinguishand then choose to delete during a specific period of time.

On this page you can also set up automatic deletion to automatically remove these types of interactions every 3 months, 18 months or 36 months.

Google logo on an office glass door.

Google logo on an office glass door.

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Don’t forget chrome

When you use Google’s Chrome web browser, there’s a lot of information you’re passing. When you run a privacy audit on the rest of your Google Account, you’ll also clear your Chrome browsing data.

  • press the Three point menu near the URL bar.
  • Hover over it story and click story at the top of the displayed menu.
  • click Clear browser data and select your date range to delete.

Select the period of time you want to delete, from the last 24 hours to the start of your browsing activity.

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