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Google Dashboard: Convenient? Yes. Transparency, Choice and Control? Not so much.

Nov 06, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Zimmer)

"What Google Dashboard provides is a single place to browse the list of most of the Google services you've signed up for, quick links to their individual settings pages (including privacy settings & policies), summary statistics of your usage of these services, and indications of what details I've shared with others.

"While this is a very convenient new interface, and a helpful reminder of some of the services and settings that I might have long forgotten were activated on my account, Dashboard isn't providing any new transparency or new control over the data Google knows about me. I still only see that information Google wants to make available to me through its interfaces. I still only get to control the limited data Google allows me to control."

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