Google is a great tool for almost anything and the go-to, dominating provider of many things online like search, email, maps, chat, now social networking, and more. But have you ever stopped to consider all of the information that you’re sharing with Google? Here’s a list of all the dirt Google has on you!
- What you’re searching for: Google is used every second by millions/billions of people worldwide! When logged in, they know what each and every user is searching for; if not logged in, your queries are still trackable by IP address and more.
- The webpages you are visiting: Google AdSense is used by many web pages for online advertising, and Google’s cookies record your visits to web pages with their ad program on them.
- The blogs you read: Google Reader tracks the blogs you subscribe to. Even if you’re not on Google Reader, Knows all of the Blogger pages you are visiting.
- Your financial information: AdSense and/or Google Checkout users share with Google financial information, addresses, and other personal information.
- What you, your friends and family look like and do: With the photo editor Picasa, you’re revealing your photographs, friends, and moments to Google. Google new Google + now also reveals to Google who your friends frends and groups of friends are, what you’re doing, where you are, and more.
- Your social network and interests: Google indexes sites like Orkut, Facebook, and Digg, and as such, has access to information about what you’re interested in online.
- What you’re chatting about: Users of GChat, Google Buzz, and Google Wave may be logging everything they’re chatting about with friends and acquaintances
- Who you’re calling, what you’re texting, and who’s leaving you voicemails: Users of Google voice, when linked to their Android phone are logging calls, texts, and voicemails.
- What you’re looking at: Users of Google Goggles are sharing information on what they’re scanning with Google Goggles
- Your mobile number: On SMS, Google Mobile, and Gmail, you can reveal your mobile number to Google.
- How your voice sounds: Using Google Talk will share the sound of your voice with Google.
- The strength and popularity of your website: Google Analytics users share with Google what sites you control, how they are doing, along with traffic and trends.
- What you think about a business: Google users leaving testimonials on Google places leave their opinion on what they think about that business.
- Who and what you’re emailing: GMail users, and those who send mail to GMail users share a variety of personal and business information with Google.
- What’s on your PC: If you’re using Google Desktop, Knows everything that you keep on your computer.
- Your research paper, bills, upcoming blog post, etc.: Docs and Spreadsheets are great web-based office tools, but using them means exposing the information in your documents to Google.
- Your schedule: Google Calendar opens your personal and business schedule up to the prying eyes of Google.
- When you’re sick: Google can track flu related searches to find out where and when the flu happens.
- Where you and your friends are or your last location: Using Google Latitude, cell phone users can share their location with others. Even if you’re not using Latitude, Google Maps for mobile can approximate your location.
- What you’re watching and related videos about you on YouTube: Google owns YouTube, and knows about all the videos you’ve been watching or posting.
- What and where you study, what books you like and how long you’ve been reading: Google Books, Scholar, and University Search are tools that can reveal your academic life online.
- Everything you’re looking at online: Users of the browser Google Chrome allow Google to see all of the web pages they are visiting.
- Your problems: Asking a question or giving an answer on Google Answers will reveal your problems and personal life to Google.
- Your medical issues: Do you use Google Health? If so, you’re sharing your entire medical history with Google.
- Your home address: Use Google Maps, AdSense, or Checkout, and there’s a good chance Google has your home address and what the front of your house looks like.
- Everything you do online: Google Secure Access encrypts your data, so everything you’re doing online for school or work is recordable.
- What you want to buy and have bought: Product search and Catalog search can reveal what you’re buying and shopping for.
- What your business is about and who your competitors are: Keywords and purchasing patterns on Adwords share information about your business with Google.
- What’s important to you: If you’ve set up Google Alerts, Knows all of the things that are most important for you to know about online.
Extended from: 25 Surprising Things That Knows About You
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