news material Google: in a few clicks, you will see all the personal data that you have communicated without knowing it
If you have always wondered what Google really knows about you without ever daring to open Pandora’s box, today we are revealing to you how to consult all your data collected by the American giant.
The GAFAM, these giants who wish us well by spying on us
In addition to forming together the famous GAFAM, Google, Apple, Facebook (Meta), Amazon and Microsoft, share many points in common, including a particularly sensitive one, that of knowing absolutely all our actions.
Whether we like it or not, it is now very complicated to observe complete anonymity on the net, whether from your personal computer or worse, with your smartphone. You may say “no” to almost everything, but all it takes is one second of inattention and the machine is launched.
So, there are several ways to see things, either we admit that the world is connected, that we are all tracked and come what may, or we start an endless and merciless war against all the Tech giants, Google in the lead.
But anyway, from the moment you own a smartphone, Google, via Android (but also iOS), or Apple (via its iPhones), know absolutely everything about you. In addition to your addresses, your contacts, your favorites, it is all the browsing history, your movements or your preferences which are recorded, milled and which ultimately allow us to offer you the famous targeted advertisements…
But suddenly, how to access these famous “personal data”? In reality there are two methods, a so-called “simple and limited” and a more complete but also a little more complex.
Google Dashboard, your life summarized in a few clicks
The first method to have a quick summary of your activity and consult your journeys, your emails, your browsing history, your news sources, manage your means of payment, etc. is simply to go for a walk on the
(you can bookmark it).
From here, you will be able to consult and download all the data concerning you. Creepy or exciting, it’s up to you. If, for example, you want to download all your photos or all your files on Google Drive, but also your various calendars or your contacts, you have access to most of your account.
Better, if you want to download everything at once, or delete services (YouTube, Gmail, Play Games, Stadia, Google Pay, etc. two large buttons are provided at the very top of the page.
To go even further in the process, it is possible to have access to much more data about you by going for a quick tour of your account settings:
- Click on your portrait at the top right of Google Chrome
- Click on “Manage your Google account
- In the left menu, choose “Data and Privacy”
Here, you now have access to absolutely everything about you, your even more extensive history, the information you share with other people, the famous Dashboard seen above, and a whole host of other options, including the possibility of “planning your digital heritage”, when you have died for example, or even simply deleting your Google account if you want to start over with a blank page.