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Do I legally own the data this org has about me?


"Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours" ( Terms of Service)


By agreeing to the Terms of Service (which you must do, to use Google services) you give Google a worldwide license to use any data or content you upload to their services, which allows them to do a broad range of things including using your data or content to promote the company's services.

"When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps)." ( Terms of Service)

Can I see all the data they have about me, for free?


  • MyActivity: data about you gathered via ad-tracking tools, across multiple platforms including YouTube, search, and Chrome
  • Ads Settings: data about how Google is personalizing the ads you see
  • Location History: any location/GPS data Google has about you
  • Search History: any search history data Google has about you
  • YouTube Search History: any search history data YouTube has about you

more via

  • Account Activity: see all the Google services you're using, and find more info about the data they're collecting about you
  • Linked Services: see all the applications and other services that are linked to you Google account
  • Export Data: Export all your Google data (photos, emails, docs, etc)

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