A TikTok user by the name @yorgoandlea have unleashed a trick on a short video clip where she shows how one can find out the data Google knows about you.
On her video she first begins with Google and searches for ‘ad setting google’ and signs in, here’s where she quickly scrolls down to show the list where you can see details like your age, gender and also the language the user uses.
Surprisingly it also shows her personal interests like ‘architecture’ and ‘audio equipment’.
The clip was blown up with hundreds of thousands of views and comments, keen to know how Google store such information about its users.
One user wrote: “Oh God. I tried it – the amount of information!”
Another posted: “It’s scarily accurate.”
But to a contrary many users found unmatched information and rather had failed attempts .
A user disappointed with the outcome said: “Why does mine say I’m 44+ I’m literally 19.”
Another wrote: “Apparently I am 65-years-old and interested in Utah and reality TV shows.”
For a fact the search engine stores information about its users through the videos they watch, their location, cookie data and the ads you click on.
Google has this feature to better its service for its users.
According to Google it does this to ‘make [its] services work better for you’.
The page quotes that ‘Google makes your ads more useful on Google services (such as Search or YouTube), and on websites and apps that partner with Google to show ads’.
“It further adds: Ads are based on personal info you’ve added to your Google Account, data from advertisers that partner with Google, and Google’s estimation of your interests.
“Choose any factor to learn more or update your preferences.”
The company claims to its users that, Google promises to never sell your data and only uses the information to ‘make ads relevant’ while you are online without handling your personal information to advertisers.
One can always choose to switch off ad personalisation in Google at the ads setting page where you’ll find your data.