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What Does Google Have On You? Download Your Data

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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If you use Google for searching, use the Chrome browser, have Gmail, or view videos on YouTube, Google has a whole lot of information about you.

But just how much do they have. And more importantly, how can you see it?  Fortunately, there’s a handy way to download a copy of what they know.  It’s called Google Takeout.

Click here to get to the site.

You’ll be taken to the page below.

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You can scroll down to select what types of data you want to see.

google-takeout-list

 

There’s a pretty long list of options of everything from you fitness tracker to maps to your Google Wallet. Make sure there’s a check next to the data you want to download. Then select Manage archives.

google-takeout-manage-archive

Then Create New Archive.

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Select the type of file and the maximum size.

google-takeout-file-type

Then choose the delivery method and click Create Archive.

google-takeout-create-archive

Depending on the amount of data it could take hours or even days to create the archive. You’ll receive a Gmail message when the information is ready. Click Download.

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Once the information is downloaded, you can open the Takeout file and explore the individual file folders for each service to see what type of information Google keeps about you.

google-takeout-folder

When I did this for my personal account, I was stunned. The file for my information was so large that even the zipped file took a full 20 minutes to download. It’s going to take me quite some time to go through everything they have.

~ Cynthia

 

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4 Responses to “What Does Google Have On You? Download Your Data”

  1. Jamie says:

    Thanks Cynthia, so I haven’t visited the site yet but is there a way to modify what they have or wipe it clean and start over?

    • cynthia says:

      No, this only gives you a copy of the data.

      • KAHSR says:

        I had the same question as Cynthia had. I am sure we both hope for a follow up Tip on this as to how to wipe it clean and start over. Also if there are any setting to keep them from mining our data in so many place/ways.

  2. R. Alan Payne says:

    Confused! Use Chrome once in a while but to my knowledge it(Google/Chrome) doesn’t have my Google account information.

    When I accessed the Google Tracker the first thing asked for was the account – the article Seemed to indicate that the Download Would be available on the 18 page – but I didn’t see it.

    Please tell me where I’ve gone wrong – THANK YOU

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