Whenever you use a Google product, such as your Android phone, an Assistant-enabled speaker, or even Chrome, your activity history is stored on the company's servers, and available for you to review through the My Activity service. I personally check it out to understand why my so-called "smart" speaker gave me a meaningless answer by actually reviewing what it thought it heard. My Activity also saves what apps you've used on a given day or what places you've checked on Maps. Because all of this data is private and sensitive, Google just added an extra layer of security to make sure only you can access it. Read More
Whether you're using an Android phone or an Assistant-enabled speaker, most of what you do is saved by Google. This is a great way of checking what your speaker understood when it gave you an awkward answer, but also a rather disturbing way of seeing all the apps you've been using on your phone on a given day. Because it's usually more comfortable to check that history on a desktop computer, Google has given its My Activity page a dark mode option, making it easier on the eyes and helping you save battery. Read More
If you've used any of Google's voice services for Assistant, Maps, and Search, you will have gotten a lengthy notice about some major changes as to how and why it collects audio of what you say. These actions are a response to last year's revelations about how humans were contracted to review those clips and how some of them got leaked. The top-line takeaway here is that every user has been opted out of data collection. Read More
Google knows a lot about you - particularly about the "you" on the internet. A new tool launched today called My Activity lets you get some insight on just what that information is - in a readable sense - by showing you your various web, Google product (including Android and Android apps), and search activities in a rather pretty card timeline. The site works on both desktop and mobile.
My Activity (here) shows all this information, but also acts as a link hub for Google's various data-collecting services you can choose to turn on or off, such as location history. Read More