Google lets users monitor their online activity

Mar 28, 2012

Google on Wednesday began letting people get monthly reports summarizing what they have been up to at the Internet titan's free online services.

A freshly-added feature keeps people posted on patterns at Gmail, , online search and other venues visited while signed into their with the California-based company.

"Sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're doing online," Google product manager Andreas Tuerk said in a blog post announcing the "Account Activity" feature.

"Knowing more about your own account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account."

He gave an example of a report potentially revealing that someone's account was signed into from countries they have not visited or from gadgets they don't own.

Google will incorporate more of its services into Account Activity reports in coming months, according to Tuerk.

Those who sign up with get password-protected links to reports and tools to manage account privacy.

The new feature was introduced the same month that Google rolled out a new privacy policy allowing the firm to track users across various services to develop targeted advertising, despite criticism from consumer advocacy groups.

Google contends the move simplifies and unifies its policies across its various services such as Gmail, YouTube, Android , Google+ social network and Internet search.

But critics including European privacy agencies and US consumer watchdogs argued the new policy, which offers no ability to opt out aside from refraining from signing into Google services, gives the Internet giant unprecedented ability to monitor its users. And some say it violates EU .

Google said the changes are designed to improve the user experience across the various products, and give the firm a more integrated view of its users, an advantage enjoyed by Apple and .

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vidyunmaya
not rated yet Mar 29, 2012
This is a reasonable good trend-set. Let us see
Graeme
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Callippo
not rated yet Mar 29, 2012
I'd rather prefer not to monitor this activity at all. For example, which contribution for users represents the manner of Google search engine, which doesn't provide a direct links, like the Bing and other indexers - but a virtual link, which cannot be copied? The only purpose of this annoying and traffic increasing "feature" is to monitor the activity of the people on the web. If nothing else, the people should be given an option, if they want to use the virtual links or not.

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