Privacy : This Page Lets You Disable a Lot of Google’s Activity Tracking
It’s an open secret that Google probably knows more about you than you. The search giant probes all your online activities by tracking lots of your data. Some people may be comfortable with Google tracking them but a majority of Internet users who use Google’s search/mail/browser/Apps may not be happy with continuous tracking that goes on behind their back. If you are one of such privacy oriented individuals, it can be a pain to figure out how to turn Google’s tracking off. Fortunately, for such people, Google has made an all encompassing settings page where you can disable a lot of it.
Earlier this year, Google created a timeline of your activity that you can browse to see just what the company knows about you and delete it if you want. Be warned that the timeline only handles the data that Google already has. If you want to stop it from getting that data in the first place, follow these steps:
- Head to this link to find your My Activity page.
- Click the menu button (three vertical dots) at the top-right of the page.
- Click “Activity Controls.”
On the My Activity page, you can scroll through a selection of different kinds of Google tracking, including web activity, location history, voice recordings, and YouTube history. You can select the tracking feature to disable from here and disable as many of these as you want.
Do remember that disabling data tracking creates obstacles in Google serving its optimum services to you. You might lose some Google features. For example, disabling voice recording will probably remove Ok, Google from your phone.
But once you have disabled Google’s data tracking, Google may stop tracking that part of data from your online surfing. However, Google has other ways and means to a lot about you, as Google may still collect anonymized data, but it at least won’t be tied to your name.