Google often catches a lot of flak over privacy and user data concerns, and while there’s a debate over whether or not those concerns are justifiable, they’re going to continue to exist. Now Google is doing its part to alleviate those concerns with a new account tool.
Google today launched an My Account tool to help users find the data that Google has on them, view their privacy settings, and more. The tool lives at myaccount.google.com, and when you navigate there, you’ll find a bevy of links to see all of your private info on Google. You can review the devices that you’ve recently signed into Google on, manage your searches and browsing activity, view your Location History, download your account data, and delete your account, among other things. You can also delete a lot of the data that Google’s got about you if you feel like El Goog’s got too much info about you, including your searches on Google and YouTube.
In addition to launching this new My Account site, Google’s new Privacy page is live. This new site answers a lot of the questions that probably gets all of the time regarding its data collection, including the types of data that it gathers, whether or not Google sells personal data, and how Google protects your info while you’re online.
Google has offered account tools, including the ability to download data and delete your account, for a while now, but this new My Account tool helps to centralize all of those tools onto one easy-to-use site. The same goes for the Privacy page, which presents users with a simple site with links to more information if they want it. While there will likely still be folks that have concerns about Google and their privacy, at least now Google’s got a tool to help you learn more about what they do and to control the info that they’ve got.