A privacy policy is meant to be a contract between you and a company—big tech companies in particular—that ensures these companies are keeping your data safe. One company that has an enormous amount of your data—from email and photos to videos and documents—is Google.

The Google Privacy Policy has been “updated” 28 times since its inception in 1999—including three times in 2017 alone. The most was five times in the year 2015. And to its credit, Google makes all the updates and changes pretty obvious.

But this stuff can and will change to suit Google, or to suit new laws and regulations Google has to follow. For example, in the European Union and elsewhere on May 25, 2018, Google and others will have to deal with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which completely changes how big companies can handle your, or anyone’s, data. Even though it’s an EU regulation, it impacts any company with personally identifiable info (PII) on customers there. That’s definitely Google.

It’ll probably help those of us in the US, though there isn’t a law here codifying that, except in some states like New York. Until there is, there are ways to take control of what Google has on you. That means mastering the Google My Account dashboard.

Controlling Your Google Privacy

Google revamped its My Account page in 2015; it’s meant to be a one-stop spot to take control of your privacy and security when it comes to letting this monolithic company know all about you. Rather than visiting settings for every individual Google service—Gmail, Google Drive, Android phones, YouTube, and a hundred others—you change…

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