A woman has shown you how to find all the information Google has stored on you.
TikTok user @yorgoandlea posted a short clip showing how to find out what data Google knows about you.
In the clip, she goes to Google and searches for ‘ad settings google’ and logs in, from here she scrolls down a list where you can quickly see that it has age, gender and even the languages she speaks stored.
It also seems to show things she might be interested in, such as ̵
The clip has garnered hundreds of thousands of views and has been flooded with comments from people who were amazed at how much Google knows about them.
One person wrote: “Oh God. I tried it – the amount of information!”
Someone else wrote: “It’s scary exactly.”
A third said, “This is why I’m disabling all of this.”
However, others checked out theirs and found that the information was far away.
One person said, “Why does mine say I’m 44+, I’m literally 19.”
Another said, “Apparently I’m 65 years old and interested in Utah and reality TV shows.”
As you probably know, the search engine stores information about users, such as the videos you see, location, cookie and the ads you click on.
According to Google, it does this to ‘create [its] the services work better for you ‘.
The page explains that ‘Google makes your ads more useful on Google services (such as Search or YouTube), and on sites and apps that partner with Google to display ads’.
It adds: Ads are based on personal information you have added to your Google Account, data from advertisers working with Google, and Google’s estimation of your interests.
“Choose any factor to learn more or update your preferences.”
Google promises never to sell your data, and the company says they use it to ‘make ads relevant’ while you’re online – but it does so without passing on your information to advertisers.
And if you really do not like it, you can always choose to turn off ad customization in Google – you will find that option on the same settings page where you find your data.