Google helps you track how you're being tracked

Google privacy tools

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you haven't thought it yourself, you likely know someone who has.  There's an impression that Google just "knows" things.

One thing the company says it knows for sure is that you are concerned about your privacy.  They want to show their customers they are responsive to that.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Google has created an easy way for you to see the data that's being collected about you.  Below she outlines how to use some of the tools Google has built to protect your privacy:

How To Find Google Tools

Go to the My Activity page, think of it as your Google dashboard

You can also choose the menu icon (in geek speak this is called the "hamburger" because of the 3 stacked lines)

From there, select Other Google activity

If you choose to, you can delete your Google activity

From the My Activity page you can  click on the three vertical dots next to each individual item, you will find the option to permanently delete it from your Google history

If you choose to, you can limit what Google tracks and collects about you going forward:

Click on the "hamburger" menu icon  in the upper left corner.  Choose  Activity controls to edit your preferences.

Google will allow to customize what they collect for each Google Activity:

Web & app activity

Location history

Device information

Voice & audio activity

YouTube search & watch history

While you are at it, don't forget to use Google's Privacy Checkup tool to set your personal privacy preferences.  Click here to access.

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