… Google+ Circles, Google+ Communities, Google+ Stream, Groups, Handsfree, Hangouts, Hangouts on Air, Home App, Input Tools, Keep, Location History, Mail, Maps, Maps (your places), My Activity, My Maps, News, Posts on Google, Profile, Purchases & Reservations, Reminders, Saved, Search Contributions, Street View, Tasks, Textcube, Voice, and YouTube data.”
And that’s just Google. Not what Alphabet, Inc. has on me. No data they bought from brokers. No derived data.
This isn’t meant to be an annoying question so I am sorry if it comes across that way.
Is it not possible for you to ‘delete’ most of the data google has on you and close your account?
@UnclearFuture Not an annoying question, don’t worry :) I wanted to have a backup of the data I’d “volunteered” (knowingly or otherwise) through the years (I started using Google, when it was just search, twenty years ago). It was a step towards closing the account. Which I just did :)
Ah, okay, thank you for your answer, it's truly appreciated. I'm glad you managed to close your account also :)
Is this Google drive or data from other sources?
@jlhertel Looks like ~14GB is YouTube (uploaded videos), ~3GB is mail, and about 240MB from drive. The most “interesting” stuff is in the data in the low MB/KB files. Purchases/reservations, for example, has a list of all my purchases up to ~2013 (when I was using Gmail) that had receipts sent to Gmail.
Afaik, that’s the only derived data I could find. Google has tons more, of course, and it would be interesting to see if all that gets deleted too.
@hypolite @aral I suppose "derived data" was the next logical step, if you're scanning the mail anyways, why not scan the invoice information and collect it over time, with no way for the user to control what is scanned/collected. When I stumbled upon the purchases collection under my G account, I was stunned. You can use the free mail account, but ultimately it's a honeytrap for your data. And over the years we've attached our digital lives to it.
I jumped to posteo.de. My mail. My privacy.
A few years ago, I dabbled with a hushmail account as my secondary private account, but at the time they were charging too much for me to go premium. They had a free account system that required you log in every week to keep the box open. Naturally with a backup account, I missed the check-in deadline.
Finding the balance of cost, utility, privacy and ethics led me to posteo.
@spelk @hypolite @aral
I very much endorse #Posteo. They collect only data strictly required for the service. They don't advertise since the users pay (1€/month). If you want, you can pay in cash (by mail), in which case they'll have zero personal data on you. And they offer nice mailvelope integration, end-to-end encryption for calendar data and such. E-mail doesn't get more privacy-oriented.
@aral wow, so, guesstimating 1 byte per English word, this is the equivalent of a 17-billion-word dossier. at 500 words per page, that'd come out to 34 million pages of text. i know there are images and other binary blobs, but still, the scale is amazing.
@aral oh man, I can’t wait until I am able to do this. Slowly but surely. Well done! Happy Google-free-as-can-be new year!
This is my personal Mastodon.