Google answers all of our questions.
When a product is free, the product is you. This is what many think when using Google applications 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 company of the big G uses all the data of its users to profit.
For all this, Google has come out to defend itself through an article on its official blog in which he narrates with all kinds of “hairs and signals” the way in which the Mountain View firm treats our personal data. Another thing is that we already believe them or not.
Google answers all our questions about our collected data
Does the Google Assistant record everything we say to it?
The Google Assistant is only activated when we say “Ok Google”. In standby mode, it only wakes intermittently to recognize this phrase. If the “Ok Google” is not detected, the audio snippets that you can listen to are never stored much less sent to Google.
And if that was not enough, there is the possibility to delete any voice record stored in the assistant. We just have to say “Ok Google, delete this week's activity.” Furthermore, we can always activate the guest mode so that no data or conversation is collected.
How does Google decide which ads to show?
The ads that Google shows us when browsing the internet, are primarily based on our searches, our history and other advertisements that we access. Google uses this data to show us useful information but never uses it to know our confidential information such as health, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Does Google sell our personal information?
One of the most common questions from users. According to Google, the company does not sell the personal information of its users, neither to advertisers nor to anyone. It also does not use information from applications such as Gmail, Drive or photos for advertising purposes.
What's more, Does Google state that most of its products can be used without logging in with an account? and others can be used in incognito mode. However, it also recognizes that sharing our data with them has its advantages, such as being able to offer us a better experience with their products.
Does Gmail read our emails to create ads and serve us advertising?
Google promises us that it does not analyze or read Gmail messages to show us advertising. What's more, it ensures that there are other products such as Drive and Photos that also store a lot of personal content but that despite everything, this data is never used to display ads.
The ad selection process is completely 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 have 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 also serves to know other data such as the state of the traffic.
Location sharing can also be activated, 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 application settings.
What information does Google know about me?
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 of activating or deactivating the collection and use of data by Google..
What the company of the big G wants to convey, is that it is a transparent company and that the user is in control of their data.
Curiously, this article comes at a time when Apple is doing everything possible to prevent applications from tracking user data. What is clear is that when we use a Google application, our information is exposed. It is clear that in the big G they are not the champions of privacy and it is that they do not do much to be so either.
Be that as it may, we are not going to deny that many of us use its tools every day and it is that they are not only free, but really useful. Does it pay off using them knowing that our data is stored on Google's servers? This already depends on each one to value it.
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