Google Dashboard would tell how much it knows about youNovember 6th, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 6 (ANI): In a bid to allay growing concerns over Internet privacy, Google has unveiled a new service- Dashboard-that would allow users to see what information it holds on them.
The launch of Google dashboard is the search giant’s answer to critics who argue its dominance of the web allows it to collect too much personal data.
The page lists details of the Google products and services the account-holder uses, from which YouTube videos have been viewed to details of their Gmail inbox.
It acts as a one-stop-shop for people with accounts to adjust their privacy settings or delete content.
While the dashboard only shows what a user does when logged into a Google service, it reveals the breadth of the information collected.
“Some concerns have been raised about Google and privacy in the past few years and we always try to take proactive steps. No one asked us for this,” Sky News quoted Google spokesman Anthony House as saying.
“The information you’re seeing, we’ve always been transparent about that. But it has never been easy for people to go to one place.
“For many people, what you’re seeing is not a surprise but others might remember they signed up for a service they don’t use anymore… They can make a more informed choice,” he added.
He admitted that it was “not a total coincidence” that the dashboard was unveiled during a meeting of privacy regulators in Madrid, Spain.
Meanwhile, bloggers offered a mixed response to the launch. (ANI)
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