GOOGLE saves every search entry made by registered users. If that bothers you, and you want to know exactly what the search giant has logged about you, there is a way to find out.
Anyone who wants to see exactly what Google has saved can do so at https://myactivity.google.com, reports German tech magazine PC Magazin.
On the site, you can log in with your Google account credentials and get an overview of your saved activities. Entries are kept for up to 18 months.
The information includes search queries with date and time, clicked results in the results list and watched YouTube videos.
If you use an Android smartphone with a registered Google account, your activity log will also include visited locations, used apps, Google Assistant requests and other queries.
If you don’t want your search entries to be logged, you can delete the entire data record – or just individual entries.
You can also completely disable the collection of usage data under ‘Activity settings’, or deactivate individual items – for example, you could turn off the tracking of app usage and location protocol, but allow the company to keep tabs on your browser and YouTube history.
If you use Google without being logged in, the search queries will still be logged, even though they won’t be kept in your personal list, PC Magazin says. However, this makes matching data to individual users more difficult. – dpa