Google launches My Account security hub to ease privacy fears

Google today announced My Account, a simple centralised hub for managing privacy and security settings associated with Google Accounts. My Account provides users with easy-to-find links to Google's Security Check-up and Privacy Check-up tools, lets users opt out of targeted advertisements, manage personal information, and see what devices have been accessing their account.

Google today announced My Account, a simple centralised hub for managing privacy and security settings associated with Google Accounts. My Account provides users with easy-to-find links to Google's Security Check-up and Privacy Check-up tools, lets users opt out of targeted advertisements, manage personal information, and see what devices have been accessing their account.

Google Product Manager Guemmy Kim says that most people don't feel they like they have enough control over their online security and security settings.

"According to a recent Pew study, 93 percent of people think it’s important to control access to their personal information, and 90 percent care about the type of information that’s collected about them," wrote Kim on Google's official blog. "But only 9 percent feel they have 'a lot' of control over it. We want to change that."

In attempting to achieve this, the search giant also launched privacy.google.com, a new site designed to address questions such as "does Google sell my personal information?". The site provides reasonably detailed, jargon-free responses to common concerns about the information Google collects.

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