How much does Google know about me? What data does Google collect? How to delete my Google history

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is online editor. He studied English Literature and History at Sussex University before gaining a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University. He's particularly interested in the public sector and the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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Google parent company Alphabet quietly ditched the 'Don’t be evil' motto from its code of conduct in 2015 after a string of stories suggesting the pithy slogan was somewhat undeserved. According to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the company has quietly collected more data than the NSA.

With a limitless data mine to quarry and the machine learning and artificial intelligence tools to turn it into revealing insights, Google might know more about you than you know about yourself.

It’s a Faustian pact that most of us are happy to make for the rich range of services we receive in return. The company is fairly transparent about the data it collects, and if you don’t want it stored, Google will let you stop the collection from continuing

Read on to find out what information that the tech titan has gathered about you, and how you can get it back.

Read next: It's too late to stop the Snooper's Charter, so how should you protect yourself?

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