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Woman shares the surprising amount of information Google knows about every person

She advises people to take care of the amount of information they are allowing Google to have about them.

Woman shares the surprising amount of information Google knows about every person
Cover Image Source: TikTok | @leakalache

Nowadays, many people spend most of their time online. However, did you know that every ad you click or every site you visit gives Google some information about you? A person might be surprised to see exactly how much Google knows about them. This fact was brought to light when Léa Kalache—who goes by @leakalache on TikTok—urged people to check "ads settings" on Google. To find out how much Google knows about you, just look for "ads setting Google." Sign in to your account and under "Ad personalization," you can see a list of things that Google knows about you. When Kalache opened her list, it was quite long and seemingly unending.

Image Source: TikTok | @leakalache
Image Source: TikTok | @leakalache

Apart from knowing your interests in products and services based on the ads you click on, Google knows your age, your gender and your educational background. It also knows your household income bracket, profession, company size, relationship status, whether you are a parent or not and more. Another sensitive piece of information that Google might know about you is your homeownership status. However, all of this information might not be correct. Several people took to the comments to point out just that.

Image Source: TikTok | @leakalache
Image Source: TikTok | @leakalache

@_dankk commented, "Apparently, Google thinks I'm 45-54 years old even though I'm 16." @ezras_account3 stated, "Apparently, I am 65 years old and interested in Utah and TV reality shows." @itsv1v1 revealed, "It thought I spoke Japanese, I don't, thought I was 18-24, I'm not, thought I liked football, I don't, thought I used Etsy, I don't, almost all wrong." While another user felt, "Is this an elaborate joke, or do young people actually not know how modern internet and marketing works? This has been known for a while."

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@glue_dealer pointed out, "Some people seem to forget that your email is part of your account..." @t4ylrrr expressed, "I love it how people are like, 'Omg, it knows so much about me.' Bro, I don't think Google cares you are a teenager who sleeps in and doesn't do anything all day." Another user agreed with the creator and stated, "Mine knows about my online shopping addiction." @kasiem45 voiced, "How does it know I drive a Nissan?" mentioned, "Why does it know my house information and income, what?"

In another similar story, it was announced that you can now remove certain types of information on request from Google. This announcement was made through a blog post from the company on April 27, 2022. Also, it includes everything from passwords to street addresses, so you get to protect sensitive information just by changing a few settings. "Under this new policy expansion, people can now request removals of additional types of information when they find it in Search results, including personal contact information like a phone number, email address, or physical address. The policy also allows for the removal of additional information that may pose a risk for identity theft, such as confidential log-in credentials, when it appears in Search results," Michelle Chang, Google's policy lead for search, wrote.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | PhotoMix Company
Representative Image Source: Pexels | PhotoMix Company

"It's important to remember that removing content from Google Search won't remove it from the internet, which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly if you're comfortable doing so," Chang disclosed. She also shared that they're always trying to cater to people's changing needs and make the site easy to use. 

You can follow Léa Kalache (@leakalache) on TikTok and Instagram for more content on lifestyle.

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