Google Boosts User Privacy, Security Controls

ItEUs no secret that Google, as well as most other Internet services, collect data about your usage -- unless you tell them not to. The trick is figuring out how to opt out of the data collection cycle and keep your Internet use private while still making the most of the services.

Google just took a step to bring more clarity to the masses with a new dashboard called My Account that lets you fine tune what information Google collects about you. Google is also launching privacy.google.com, a Web site that offers frequently asked questions and solid answers about privacy.

A recent Pew study revealed that 93 percent of people think itEUs important to control access to their personal information, and 90 percent care about the type of information thatEUs collected about them. But only 9 percent feel they have EUa lotEU of control over it. Google said it wants to change that.

EUEveryday, we make choices that affect our privacy and security online,EU said Guemmy Kim, a Product Manager for GoogleEUs Account Controls and Settings. EUMost people, however, donEUt feel they have the right level of control to make these important decisions.EU

Two Sides of the Same Coin

With that, Kim went into greater detail about the new privacy and security tools. First, he called privacy and security two sides of the same coin. ThatEUs because if information isnEUt secure, thereEUs no way it can be private.

EUMy Account gives you quick access to the settings and tools that help you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for you,EU Kim said. EUIt also provides more context to help you understand your options and make the right choices for you.EU

My Account lets you take a privacy and security checkup that guides you through what...

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