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Part Two: How to Remove Your Data From Google

March 24, 2020
EMAIL AND TECHNOLOGY

It seems that these days that Google is everywhere—from Android devices to Gmail to our reliance on Google Maps. Check out our previous post on what Google knows about you [link highlighted text to the Part One blog post] for a deeper understanding. As the company’s suite of products and services continually expands, so does its surveillance of users. While Google has made strides in recent years to give users access to the information it collects about them, it can still be a challenge to navigate how to opt out of Google tracking, leaving many people unprotected and open to privacy intrusions.

When it comes to email, a private email service is the best way to protect oneself against the ongoing surveillance Google conducts of its email users. If you’re curious about how to opt out of Google tracking, it’s important to gain a better understanding of just what information the company is gathering on you.

How to Opt Out of Google Tracking

The first step is to log on to your Google account and click on your profile page. From there, you can follow the link to the Data & Personalization page, which features a tab for Activity controls, with a number of primary categories:

 Web & App Activity: This section tracks all of your Google activity, from searches to Google Docs to Android apps. For each of the subsets, you can toggle the activity bar to off.

 Location History: This feature documents where users have been when they’ve been signed into a Google product, which can be a dangerous record of information. Here’s how to turn off Google tracking for this option: The first page features a toggle option to turn off tracking completely. On subsequent pages, you can also review all of the data that has already been collected and delete individual records. Be sure you have your location services turned off on your iPhone as well.

 Voice & Audio Activity: Here, you can access all of the things you’ve said to your Google Assistant. Switch tracking off on the main toggle or sort each record for deleting.

 Device Information: This feature records all of the devices you’ve used to access Google products. Like the other categories, it has a main toggle button to turn off tracking and also allows you to delete device names one by one.

YouTube: There are two pages that collect information on your YouTube habits, sorted by what you’ve searched for and what you’ve watched. Turn off tracking for one or both on the main pages, or you can delete individual records by sorting through your full history.

 

Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your data private, like using Reagan.com’s private email service to keep your emails secure. Don’t let big corporations like Google track your every move and decision online. This kind of knowledge is powerful when it gets into the wrong hands. Taking precautionary steps in the right direction can help you in the long run.

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