Google makes it easier to see and delete its records of every website you’ve visited – The Independent

Google has announced an update to Dashboard, which should make it easier for you to see everything the company knows about you.

The firm keeps a record of everything you do online, across all of its products and services.

This includes obvious things like your searches and browsing history, and other bits you might not immediately think of, like YouTube videos you’ve watched and your Google Maps usage.

You can, however, view, download and even delete the data if you want.

Dashboard has been redesigned to make it easier to navigate on touchscreens. 

It’s got a much cleaner and less-cramped layout, and Google says it will look good “on any device”, not just the desktop.

“We also worked to make it easier to see an overview of the Google products you use and your data in each of them. And we made the process for downloading data much easier,” the company says.

Google Dashboard is home to My Activity, which contains so much information about you that it requires its own search bar and filter options for navigation purposes.

“Google Dashboard launched in 2009 to give you a snapshot of the Google products you use, all in one place. You could review your Google activity in the last month, see how many emails, docs and photos you have, and get answers to questions about Gmail settings. Dashboard also offered quick access to select product settings and related help center articles,” said Google.

“But as we built new tools like My Account and My Activity, it became clear that we needed to better integrate Dashboard into our other privacy controls. It should always be easy for you to make meaningful decisions about your data — and we decided we could do better.”

The new version of Dashboard will roll out to users “in the coming days”. 


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