I found this email in mijn inbox, titled:
‘Nicole, your June update’.
I almost threw it out without reading it, but I was curious so I clicked on it. Turns out, it’s a Google report about my whereabouts in the month of June!
Apparently I activated this….
‘Nicole, here’s your new Timeline update
You’re receiving this monthly email because you turned on Location History, a Google Account-level setting that saves where you go in your private Timeline.
Location History data also helps give you personalized information on Google, including better restaurant recommendations, and suggestions for a faster commute. You can view, edit, and delete this data anytime in Timeline.’
I must say: I’m having mixed feelings about this. On the one hand it’s kind of interesting so see what I’ve been doing. On the other hand it’s a bit disconcerting Google knows all this….
Google Activity: how to turn it off?
It turns out it’s quite easy to turn off. You just head on over to myactivity.google.com
and switch the button:
If you don’t want Google to register your comings and goings, it’s easy to turn off. If you don’t mind knowing Google your whereabouts, it’s kind of nice to see a summary!