How much does google know about you

  Kevscar1 07:26 AM 19 Jun 11

You can find out here.

  Quickbeam 08:33 AM 19 Jun 11
  Quickbeam 08:36 AM 19 Jun 11

No more than I've told them, why?

  richardsole 08:58 AM 19 Jun 11

**How much does google know about you --------------------------------------------------------------------------------**

What if you do not have a google account?

  sunnystaines 09:19 AM 19 Jun 11


thanks an eye opener.

  QuizMan 09:57 AM 19 Jun 11

Very interesting. It is mostly harmless stuff, but it is surprising how much information is retained via Google Checkout, Gmail, Maps, Picasa etc.

I suppose it is the price we pay for convenience and we have to rely on Google data remaining secure on its servers. That is not a gimme judging by data losses elsewhere e.g. Sony. I shall not lose any sleep over it, however.

  interzone55 10:07 AM 19 Jun 11


If you don't have a google login there will be no way of google relating information to you between sessions if you delete the google cookie.

Personally I like the convenience of having a google login as it lets me check my email anywhere, plus keep my calender synchronised between my work PC, home PC and mobile. I also like, but find it vaguely disturbing, the fact that google knows where I am when using my mobile, so the weather forecast is based on my current location, and search results are sorted by location.

If you have an account, logging into the dashboard will allow you to delete any and all information you wish to dispose off...

  Kevscar1 10:28 AM 19 Jun 11

I regularily delete all my cookies but the info still shows so it's obvious that google stores everything they find out about you in a database on their servers.

  Forum Editor 10:41 AM 19 Jun 11

Worrying about such things is pointless. If you use an internet-connected computer information about you will sooner or later be on dozens of different databases.

Take common-sense precautions, use anti-virus and anti-malware software, don't disclose information unless you are sure you know who you're dealing with, and stay clear of the murky side of the web.

Do those things, and relax. It's impossible to live nowadays without all kinds of people knowing all kinds of things about you.

  Pine Man 10:52 AM 19 Jun 11

Totally underwhelmed!

  canarieslover 11:49 AM 19 Jun 11

My wife knows more about me than Google does. She can even read my mind which is a bit worrying at times.


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