Google Dashboard – Google goes on record

Google has been offering a variety of services – Web Search, Mail, Blog, Calendar, Docs, Orkut, Picasa, YouTube, Reader, the list goes on.. But have you ever wondered what Google knows about you? We’ll just have a look:

Web Search: The searches that you do daily.
Mail: The mails that you send and receive. The contacts that you have in your address book.
Blog: Your Blogger profile and your Blogs, your posts
Calendar: All your calendar appointments and tasks
Orkut: Your information, your friends, scraps and the social you!
Picasa: Your snaps and your albums
YouTube: Your YouTube profile, the videos that you upload, viewed, subscribed and marked as favorite. Also, your personal messages and playlists.
Reader: Your subscriptions and shared content
Google Profile: A single profile that says a lot about you! Your name, email, birthday, age, IM accounts!

This was just a look into what Google knows about you based on few of its products. Obviously, the more the products you use, the more Google knows about you!

On the Official Google Blog,

Over the past 11 years, Google has focused on building innovative products for our users. Today, with hundreds of millions of people using those products around the world, we are very aware of the trust that you have placed in us, and our responsibility to protect your privacy and data. In the past, we’ve taken numerous steps in this area, investing in educating our users with our Privacy Center, making it easier to move data in and out of Google with our Data Liberation Front, and allowing you to control the ads you see with interest-based advertising. Transparency, choice and control have become a key part of Google’s philosophy, and today, we’re happy to announce that we’re doing even more.

To let you know all the information Google has about you, Google launched its new Google Dashboard ( page. To add up security, Google makes you authorize yourself again so intruders wont have access to your personal data when you leave your session on.

The Google Dashboard page explicitly shows all the information about you Google has on record. Click the image for a larger view.

Google Dashboard page - Lists all your active Google Products and the information Google has about you

Similar to the Google Accounts page, all your active products with Google are listed here with Manage, Privacy and Help links so you’ll be able to tweak your privacy in just a click!

Google states this on its Official Google Blog,

In an effort to provide you with greater transparency and control over their own data, we’ve built the Google Dashboard. Designed to be simple and useful, the Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings. Today, the Dashboard covers more than 20 products and services, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts, Latitude and many more.

Check out the quick-video by Google