Everywhere you’ve gone
Google keeps track of your location history – as reported by your mobile device (assuming your ‘location’ is on), according to Rami Yermiya, a cybersecurity expert. Check out your location history at your Google Maps Timeline, and you’ll see how comprehensive it actually is. Don’t enjoy feeling like you’re being tracked? You can change your settings here, as well as delete your location history, however, law enforcement can still subpoena your location history, meaning, essentially: you even if you delete it, it’s not really gone. However, there is an easy way to see and delete all of your Google activity.
Everywhere you’re going
When you Google ‘my flights,’ you’ll get a list of all your upcoming air travel plans. According to Yermiya, this info is pulled from your emails, which makes it even creepier. Google isn’t the only technology that is invading your privacy. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it if you’re buying tickets online and using Gmail as your point of contact. And that brings us to…
The contents of all your emails
If you use Gmail, then Google is going to have access to the contents of your emails. There’s not much you can do about this (except deleting your Gmail account), but you can tell Google not to use your Gmails to target you for advertisements. Check your Google Ad Settings and you’ll have the option to turn off your ‘ads personalisation,’ Yermiya advises. Note that doing so won’t turn off all advertisements and won’t stop Google from collecting your info. Turning off ‘ads personalisation’ won’t stop Google from learning about you via any other information you allow them access to. But it will keep them from accessing your profile! So consider carefully before you click to ‘OFF.’