Google’s Dashboard Assists Users; But Does it Fix the Problem?

Today, Google took a vital step in helping to answer the question on everyone's minds: What does Google really know about me? The company unvailed Google Dashboard, which is designed to allow users to see and control the extensive amount of data that Google has stored in its servers about them.

The company said that the Dashboard is set up so that users can control the personal settings in each Google product that they use. Google also said that the Dashboard tool supports more than 20 products and services, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Youtube, Web History, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts and Google Latitude.

A non-profit advocacy group called Consumer Watchdog, formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, released a statement today that said it applauds Google for giving users a single place to go for managing their data. At the same time however, the group came down on Google, stating that it also needs to give users a vehicle for stopping the company from collecting any personal data at all. The company should also provide a way for users to delete their information from Google's servers, the group added.

The Principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, Dan Olds, said that Google's Dashboard is making progress in the privacy area, but that he agrees that more needs to be done. Courtesy of

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