Google Dashboard: Knowing What Google Collects About Individuals

For practically the beginning, Google has collected information about individuals to analyze, store, and occasionally provide to third party vendors. Although asked countless time from various people and organization about what kind of data Google collects about individuals, the corporation has kept tight-lipped.  Or it has until yesterday at Spain.

Google’s unveiled a new product called Google Dashboard yesterday (Thursday) in Spain.  Supposedly, it will give users “more transparency and control.”

I haven’t had the time to explore Google Dashboard yet, so I’ll post more when I do. Until then, I just took a screen shot to show what info is being disclosed about individuals.  It is clear that not everything is disclosed through this new service, although it appears that Dashboard will continue to evolve and incorporate more Google services/products in time.

Visit Google Dashboard: https://www.google.com/dashboard/dashboard-example

Read original NY Times article

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/google-offers-users-a-peek-at-stored-data/

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on November 6, 2009, in Google, Privacy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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