My Activity is a utility that collects information whenever those who have a Google account use Google’s services. These services include things like YouTube, Google Maps, other various Google apps, and your search history when you use Google Chrome or perform a Google search.
Can I view, delete, or turn off My Activity history?
Yes. As with many of Google’s services and utilities, users have the ability to select what is stored and whether or not data is collected in the first place. To manage My Activity, check out our page on how to view, edit, and disable Google search history.
Why does Google track my information with My Activity?
By collecting data, Google is able to create a better experience for you when you use their services. For example, if you take the same route to work each day, Google Maps may automatically display how long it will take you to get to work, as well as how heavy the traffic in your area is.
In Google Chrome, the sites you visit most frequently are suggested first in the Google Omnibox (search bar) by only typing the first few letters of the site’s name. For example, if you access Computer Hope a lot, typing “com” into the Omnibox may suggest http://www.computerhope.com.
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