6 questions and answers about your data on Google… answered by Google itself – CVBJ
Google answers all of our questions.
When a product is free, the product is you. That’s what many think when using Google apps and services. Because Google offers its users incredible tools such as its search engine, Google Maps, Gmail or YouTube itself but it has always been criticized that the big G’s company uses all of its users’ data to gain benefits.
For all this, Google has come out to defend itself through an article on its official blog in which it tells with all kinds of “hair and signals” the way Mountain View treats our personal data. Another thing is whether we already believe them or not.
Google answers all our questions about our collected data
Does the Google Assistant record everything we tell it?
The Google Assistant is only activated when we say “Ok Google”. In sleep mode, it only wakes up intermittently to recognize this phrase. If the “Ok Google” is not detected, audio clips you can listen to are never stored, let alone sent to Google.
And if that wasn’t enough, there is the possibility to delete any voice recording stored in the assistant. Just say “Ok Google, remove this week’s activity”. In addition, we can always enable guest mode so that no data or conversation is collected.
How does Google decide which ads to run?
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The advertisements that Google shows us while browsing the Internet, are primarily based on our research, history and other advertisements that we access. Google uses this data to show us useful information but never uses it to learn about our confidential information such as health, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Does Google sell our personal information?
One of the most frequently asked questions by users. According to Google, the company does not sell the personal information of its users, neither to advertisers nor to anyone else. It also does not use information from apps like Gmail, Drive, or photos for advertising purposes.
What else, Does Google say that most of its products can be used without signing in with an account? and others can be used in incognito mode. However, it also recognizes that sharing our data with them has its benefits, such as being able to provide us with a better experience with their products.
Does Gmail read our emails to create ads and serve ads to us?
Google promises us not to scan or read Gmail messages to show us advertising. In addition, this ensures that there are other products like Drive and Photos that also store a lot of personal content but still this data is never used to display advertisements.
The ad selection process is fully automated. The ads you see in Gmail are based on data associated with our account as well as in our activity when using other Google services such as YouTube or its search engine.
Why does Google Maps require our location?
Well, we think this question has an easy answer. If you need to go from point A to point B, It is much easier for our phone to know where we are than for us to enter the address manually. Of course, it is also used to know other data such as traffic status.
Location sharing can also be enabled so that our device anonymously shares information. In this way, Google Maps becomes a much more complete tool.. Now the latter is disabled by default although we can enable this option in the app settings.
What information does Google know about me?
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The million dollar question. Google allows us to know the summary of the data stored in our account from its control panel. There is also the possibility to activate or deactivate the collection and use of data by Google..
What the big G company wants to convey, is that it is a transparent company and that the user is in control of his data.
Oddly enough, this article comes at a time when Apple is doing everything possible to prevent apps from tracking user data. What is clear is that when we use a Google app, our information is exposed. It is clear that in the big G they are not the champions of privacy and they don’t do much to be either.
Either way, we’re not going to deny that a lot of us use their tools every day and that they are not only free, but really useful. Is it paying to use them knowing that our data is stored on Google’s servers? It already depends on everyone to value it.
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