The issue of online privacy is a contentious one, as more and more questions are raised about just how much our online activity is being monitored. Well, based on Google’s newest tool, there are very few things we do online that go unnoticed, especially when using any of the tech company’s many products.
My Activity is an application that lets you view and track anything you do that’s in any way linked to your Google account. Built as a searchable timeline, it displays the history of your interaction with things like your mobile devices, the sites you’ve visited, the topics you’ve searched, and the products you’ve used.
And while it may be useful to know exactly how many times you’ve searched “cute cats playing with even cuter babies,” it’s also a stark reminder that everything you do online is being tracked and documented. However, before you start having nightmares of a dystopian Big Brother future akin to George Orwell’s 1984, take comfort in the fact that you can limit the amount of tracking in what’s called Privacy Checkup, where you can “suspend or pause web and application activity tracking.”
The main user benefit of My Activity is that it provides a streamlined way for users to revisit searches, videos, and other online activities in a relatively easy way. So, before you have a sudden anxiety-filled bout of technophobia, remember that Google has your best interests at heart. Well, sort of.
Read the definitive How Google Works, and let us know if the tech giant's new tool makes you uneasy.