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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Is Google Spying on You? You Can Find Out Now

Of course, Google is spying on all of its users. That is no secret. The company has been doing that for years by analyzing lots of data that its users unwittingly supply. However, the new Google service called “My Activity” will show you just how much data the company collects about you. Or does it show everything?

My Activity lets users review everything that Google has tracked about their online behavior — search, YouTube, Chrome, Android, and every other Google service. Best of all, users can edit or delete their tracked behaviors. In addition, the My Activity tools come with new ad preferences.

My Activity is available at

Click on the three horizontal bars in the upper left corner to open a menu of the various services available.

I travel a lot so was fascinated to see the “Location History” showing my trips to several six different countries in the past year or so. It apparently shows the locations where I used my laptop, tablet, and/or cell phone to access Google services. Yes, Google is tracking me and you and, with a court order, the same information is available to government agencies. I suspect the information may be available to hackers around the world who employ non-legal means to view the same data.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. It is a pity that you cannot see what they might be holding against identifiers other than a google log-in (e.g. MAC address, IP address, even browser fingerprint)

    I’m not convinced that working with google search etc. without logging in ensures privacy.


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