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Google Dashboard: Control Panel for Your Data

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 05, 2009

Early this morning, Google is launching a new feature that lets you view what data is being stored on a range of Google services. Google Dashboard also will let you control at least some of that data and how it’s used by Google and even delete it.

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Dashboard provides a summary of the data in Google products you use while signed in (if you’re not signed in, that data isn’t associated with you). For now, Dashboard aggregates Gmail, the photo service Picasa, Calendar, Google Docs, Alerts, YouTube, Web history, and some others. As early as next week, Google will start adding more services, such as Checkout, Google Groups, and SideWiki.

Google says Dashboard wasn’t prompted by rising concerns about corporate use of people’s data. But I don’t doubt that Dashboard is intended to blunt complaints that Google collects so much data. In fact, Shuman Ghosemajumder, Google’s business product manager for trust and safety, made a point of telling me that the company had briefed some regulators around the world on Dashboard.

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thomas vesely

November 5, 2009 06:15 AM

if someone has data pertaining to me,i'd like to be sure its irrelevant or accurate.


November 5, 2009 05:13 PM

To some - google dashboard could be a handy tool for their busy life, but to a geek who work in total privacy this could be a real threat to their security

- As said from the mouth of Microsoft CEO "Google reads your gmail account once ina while" when you're under scrutiny.

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