Google Puts All of Your Personal Info in One PlaceBy: Chris Crum - November 5, 2009
Google has launched what it calls the Google Dashboard, which is a central place Google users can go to find their data for different Google products they use when signed into a Google account. It also provides direct links to control your personal settings.
"Over the past 11 years, Google has focused on building innovative products for our users," the company says. "Today, with hundreds of millions of people using those products around the world, we are very aware of the trust that you have placed in us, and our responsibility to protect your privacy and data. In the past, we’ve taken numerous steps in this area, investing in educating our users with our Privacy Center, making it easier to move data in and out of Google with our Data Liberation Front, and allowing you to control the ads you see with interest-based advertising."
The dashboard covers Google products like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts, Latitude, Friend Connect, Health, Profile, Contacts, Tasks, and Web History.
Google Analytics, Checkout, App Engine, Bookmarks, Base, Groups, Sites, Knol, Local Business Center, Maps, Merchant Center, News, Notebook, Webmaster Tools, Subscribed Links, and Toolbar sync are not yet available on the dashboard. Since Google uses the term "yet," I assume that they will be included in the future.
"The scale and level of detail of the Dashboard is unprecedented, and we’re delighted to be the first Internet company to offer this — and we hope it will become the standard," Google says.
The dashboard is available at google.com/dashboard. It is also available in the settings for your Google account.