“We strongly believe that privacy and security are for everyone, not just a few,” said Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai.
After decades of collecting data, Google has bench-marked an important trend in technology, and that is privacy.
The internet is a vast field of information and database, accessed by billions all over the world. Every click, every tap, and every search is vital on the World Wide Web. But over the years, the issue has been focused on “how safe is the internet when it comes to keeping private or personal information?”.
In using google services, you are allowing them to have access to your personal information. This information is very important and vital, thus google has created ways to protect your information and keep you in control so you can manage them.
Google has a range of services that people or users access every day. These are services and platforms that are being accessed by millions every day. These service and platforms are:
- Google Chrome browser and the Android operating system.
- Google devices, apps, and sites such as Google Home, YouTube, and Google Search.
- Google ads and Google Maps.
What is the information that Google needs from you?
In creating a Google account you may need to provide:
- Payment information (Credit Card Information)
- Phone Number
- Email address
By using Google’s services, you will be able to manage emails, upload content like video, photos, and save documents online.
What essential information does Google need to collect for the user to access their services?
To access Google apps, information browser settings, types and settings, device types and settings, operating system, phone number, mobile network, and application version are needed.
Google also requires information based on the interaction collected on your browsers, applications, and services such as IP Address, date, time, crash reports, and accessed URL’s. The information is collected when you use a Google service on your computer or a smart device like when you purchase something via Google Play Store. The information is collected when the app contacts Google servers.
Can Google track my activity?
- Browsing History using Google Chrome.
- Terms or items you have searched.
- Videos you have browsed or watched.
- Purchase information or activities.
- Interaction with third-party sites and applications that uses Google services.
- People whom you have contacted or you may have shared content with.
- Information when you used the audio features.
Why let Google have access to your location?
By accessing or logging in to Google services, you are allowing Google to access your location. This service is very essential especially if you need direction in driving or getting direction. Your location depends on:
- Your device GPS
- IP Address
- Wi-Fi access, cell towers, and Bluetooth ready devices
It is important to turn on your device’s GPS or location for Google to have access to your location.
To keep things simple, Google enhances the security of all Google products to secure and protect your security and protect your personal information. It has developed a system to monitor or keep track of the activities on your Google accounts and allows you to manage the information you used on your Google accounts.
For example, if Google detects a threat on your account, it will block it. If they detect that your account may be at risk, Google will send you an email or a message informing you of recent activity and walk you through the process to keep you better protected.
An example is that if Google knows that your email has been opened on a different device, it will send you a notification that your account has been opened. Additionally, it will ask you if you allow access to this activity, and if not, it will walk you through the process of securing your email.