Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on youOctober 20, 2018
‘A Google map of every place I’ve been in Ireland this year.’ Photograph: Dylan Curran Google stores search history across all your devices.
Google offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you.
This link includes your bookmarks, emails, contacts, your Google Drive files, all of the above information, your YouTube videos, the photos you’ve taken on your phone, the businesses you’ve bought from, the products you’ve bought through Google …
They also have data from your calendar, your Google hangout sessions, your location history, the music you listen to, the Google books you’ve purchased, the Google groups you’re in, the websites you’ve created, the phones you’ve owned, the pages you’ve shared, how many steps you walk in a day …
This includes every message you’ve ever sent or been sent, every file you’ve ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you’ve ever sent or been sent.
‘A snapshot of the data Facebook has saved on me.’ Photograph: Dylan Curran Facebook also stores what it thinks you might be interested in based off the things you’ve liked and what you and your friends talk about (I apparently like the topic “girl”).
They also store every time you log in to Facebook, where you logged in from, what time, and from what device.
‘They have every single Google search I’ve made since 2009.’
They also have every image I’ve ever searched for and saved, every location I’ve ever searched for or clicked on, every news article I’ve ever searched for or read, and every single Google search I’ve made since 2009.
And then finally, every YouTube video I’ve ever searched for or viewed, since 2008.
Perfect, just look up her location and search history for the last 10 years.
If you’re not quite ready mass-remove your old posts, but want to limit who can see them, here’s a full guide to updating your Facebook’s privacy settings. Remember, though, that Facebook says it’s going to re-vamp its privacy features in coming weeks—which means you get to do this all over again.