Google Unveils Privacy Dashboard to Control User Data

Recognizing the gravity of users’ privacy rights, Google unveils a new service: Google Dashboard. For quite a while now, Google received a lot of criticism on keeping the amount of users’ data. Now Google users will get enough idea about the personal information they share with Google.

Services such as Street view, in past, drew ire over Google from certain quarters around the world. Trying to gain trust from its users, Google lists all its products that are associated with your account in Dashboard.

“Over the past 11 years, Google has focused on building innovative products for our users. Today, with hundreds of millions of people using those products around the world, we are very aware of the trust that you have placed in us, and our responsibility to protect your privacy and data. Transparency, choice and control have become a key part of Google’s philosophy, and today, we’re happy to announce that we’re doing even more.” – official blog

The Dashboard allows user to control settings of your various Google accounts and to monitor information that has shown to public through multiple Google services. Take for Example: Gmail. Here a quick link is displayed on the left side of Dashboard that redirects to Inbox, All mail, Sent mail, Saved drafts, Chat history, Spam and Trash. On right side, a direct link is given to manage chat history, HTTPS settings and all Gmail settings.

Right now Alerts ,Blogger, Calendar, Contacts, Custom search engines, Docs, Finance, Friend Connect, Gmail, Health, iGoogle,Mobile Sync, Latitude, Orkut, Picasa, Profile, Reader, Shopping List, Talk, Tasks, Voice ,Web history and YouTube are included in Dashboard. Users can expect the inclusion of remaining Google products in Dashboard in couple of weeks.


Do give Google Dashboard a try and see for yourself what information have you shared

About the author: Lohith Amruthappa is a Search Engine Marketing specialist and blogger, currently managing inhouse SEO and PPC projects. You can visit for more information on SEO, PPC and Google analytics at http://www.lohithamruthappa.com

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