Google collects data about the users of its products all the time. Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, and other technology companies do the same. In most cases, the information collected is used to train various algorithms, including those responsible for ranking products, personalizing the output, analyzing the seasonal dynamics of demand, etc.

Why does Google need this?

To improve the performance of its products and services. In most cases, the data is depersonalized, or at least the company often says so.

Google can be trusted so far, since the company is not seen to actively market its users’ information like, for example, Facebook. What exactly does Google know about us? We will tell you in details.

What data does Google collect?

All data can be divided into a couple of dozen categories. These include voice command history, search history, best friends, sites visited, and so forth.

Voice command history in any Google product

The digital assistant, voice search and other corporate applications send all of a user’s messages to a server. This is necessary for voice recognition and query execution. If a user works with voice commands, you can see and listen to them in “Voice and Sound,” which is part of the “My Activity” section of your Google Account settings.

Close friends

Google knows which contacts an Android user or the company’s services interacts with most often. To see who the company considers your closest friends, go to the Google services account control panel and search for “Contacts. This page will display the contacts with whom you interact most often.


Google knows a lot about its Chrome browser users. To find out what’s known about you, you’ll need to go to the Chrome Sync settings page and look at all the data. First and foremost, there’s your browsing history, installed add-ons, and saved accounts.

Gmail sending history

It would be naive to believe that Google does not monitor the communication of Gmail users. You can view your correspondence history in the Gmail panel of your Google account.

Your movement history

Google Maps keeps a history of where you’ve been in the world. It’s a whole log of your visits to different places with an accurate timeline.

However, for Google to have all this information, you must have both geolocation and location history enabled on your Android cell phone. Open Timeline to view a log of your visits to different places.

Google knows what you’ve been doing with your Android device

The Android operating system keeps track of app launches. In the settings, you can see which apps you run and how often.

To do this, go to Google’s My Activity page. There is an option to rank the data by date and application.

A complete list of all the sites you’ve visited in Chrome on any device

Chrome sends data about your activity to Google’s servers. To view your activity log, go to My Activity page and select Chrome from the Chrome filter list.

If you don’t see a log of pages you’ve visited, you’ve checked the “Online and app activity” box and checked the “Turn on Chrome browser history and activity for sites and apps that work with Google services” tab.

Search queries

Google’s main service is the search engine. The company keeps track of both the number of queries and their content. You can view what Google stores in your Google Account Dashboard.

Android devices

Google keeps a log of different devices used by the same user. You can view your history in the same place – in your account dashboard, in the Android tab. Here you can see which devices you’ve used and how often, as well as a list of installed apps. Google recognizes a user’s computer or other device instantly.

Number of apps installed

The easiest way to view the statistics of installed applications is in the same control panel of your Google account.

Google Play Store activity log

Google keeps a log of your activities in the Google Play Store.

YouTube subscriptions

If you want to track how much time you’ve spent watching YouTube videos, you can do so in the same Google Account control panel, in the YouTube tab.

How to opt out of collecting data about your actions

You can do this at Google’s privacy site, where the company tells you what it collects and for what purpose. You can turn off some of the features on Google’s event management page.

Monitoring can also be stopped and removed from the My Activity page. You can remove monitoring of all user activity as well as individual types of activity.

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