Jan 28 - How to find out who Google thinks you are from your history (it may have your gender wrong)

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 01-28-2012, 04:30 PM         #1
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Jan 28 - How to find out who Google thinks you are from your history (it may have your gender wrong)
 

 
First off, here is how to opt out, the option is hidden away inside a settings menu in Google Accounts, but can be accessed directly here >> https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?sig=ACi0TCj7MoYxdzfpHTgGAUT2R-KPC4cIt0pfxrNP8RSDOamad1fUMuiK0pB01iidynbCAmd4zqJD twJczuBRfDRQSP63pjJLcfhQLv6jdhWnXOyUHmWAO0gcBLp_Fo UoQP6apVl8kIDsP9kNM8kZ_rixGeIPkn88t0xzKQzOz1ddW0bx 7aK66GI&hl=en (Copy and paste)

IT has been said that Google knows more about what you like than your own partner

Now the search giant has given a glimpse on just how much information it has collected - and who thinks you are.

But it seems the famed Google algorithms are far from infallible.

And people taking advantage of the facility that allows the public to view what kind of consumer Google thinks they are have been amused to find themselves listed with the wrong age and even s3x.

Nevertheless, the knowledge that Google works so hard to profile its 350m account holders is bound to intensify the debate about privacy which flared up again this week with the announcement that the company was going to start tracking users across all of its sites, including YouTube.

The detailed personal 'profile' sums up many of a user's interests, along with age and gender.

Google builds a detailed profile by harvesting the history of its account holders' visits to sites in its advertising network.

But your age and gender are decided by those of other Google users who have visited the sites you visit, leading to the mistakes

One blogger from tech site Mashable found this week that Google's Ad Preferences page a.ssume that she was middle-aged - and a man, simply because her interests included technology and computing.

This sort of in-depth profiling raises alarm bells with privacy activists.

'Consumers have increasingly digital lives and they are developing an unfathomably large data trail every day,' says Rainey Reitman, activism director for privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

'There has never been another time in history where privacy was under the kind of a.ssault it is today.'

You can opt out of the tracking, or manually edit your details. Google also does not store information on controversial subjects such as pr0nography.

The Ad preferences page came to public attention following a sweeping change to 'privacy policy' which comes into effect on March 1, although the preferences page was launched some time ago.

YouTube data, Gmail information and search data will all be used to build up ever more accurate advertising profiles and also the company claims it will make searches more personalised.


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The Mashable writer's interests meant that Google Ad Preferences identified her, wrongly, as being both middle-aged and a man

In most cases, though, the data is eerily accurate, bringing up a breakdown of interests, age and s3x.

The Advertising Preferences information that Google gathers is sent out as a 'cookie' - a packet of information sent out by your browser - whenever you visit other Google partners, who then serve up 'relevant' adverts when you visit their sites.

Users who are fearful of the amount of information Google holds can block the profiling by disabling 'cookies' in their internet browser settings.

Google says, 'We a.ssociate interests with your ads preferences based on the types of websites that you visit within the the Google Display Network.'

'For example, when you browse many gardening-related websites in the the Google Display Network, Google may a.ssociate a gardening preference with your cookie.'

'If the sites that you visit have a majority of female visitors, we may a.ssociate your cookie with the female demographic category.'

Some users reported that Google had identified bizarre interests such as 'Sweets and Candy', and was duly serving them adverts appropriate to that 'interest'.

You can manually change your 'interests' from your Ad Preferences page - although you cannot, of course, stop Google from sending you adverts.

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55 comments for "Jan 28 - How to find out who Google thinks you are from your history (it may have your gender wrong)"

 6 years ago '06        #2
datnolaboy 8 heat pts
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it says i like sports, hip hop, money and news. as long as it doesn't store pr0n im good haha.
 6 years ago '11        #3
Suppafresh 26 heat pts26
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My sh*t
 6 years ago '04        #4
dj X 33 heat pts33
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Don't really use the internet for much else
 6 years ago '06        #5
Special Edd 167 heat pts167
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No interest categories are a.ssociated with your ads preferences so far. NICE!
 6 years ago '04        #6
EKEK 825 heat pts825
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props 4 the info!


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 6 years ago '98        #7
ronnie|A 10 heat pts10
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World Localities - North America - Canada - Ontario - Greater Toronto


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Gender: Male


Accurate... googles god
 6 years ago '09        #8
K0ntrast 63 heat pts63
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Spot on except the age is off like a mufu*ka
 6 years ago '05        #9
dg177bx 25 heat pts25
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 6 years ago '07        #10
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Age is way off.
 6 years ago '05        #11
Oh_Yea 13 heat pts13
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Wtf I feel like a failure!

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio

Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Jazz & Blues

Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Urban & Hip-Hop

Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Urban & Hip-Hop - Rap & Hip-Hop

Arts & Entertainment - Visual Art & Design - Arts Education

Games - Puzzles & Brainteasers

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We infer your age and gender based on the websites you've visited. You can remove or edit these at any time.

Age: 25-34

Gender: Male
 6 years ago '11        #12
NateRight 8 heat pts
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damn google's pretty fu*king accurate, except is says im in new orleans and the bay area?

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 6 years ago '10        #13
jayjay2 11 heat pts11
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Your demographics
We infer your age and gender based on the websites you've visited. You can remove or edit these at any time.
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male

Is 25-34 the only age bracket they have?
 6 years ago '07        #14
KoolBreeze 9 heat pts
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"you currently dont have an id cookie"
 6 years ago '10        #15
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yep that's spot on
 6 years ago '04        #16
albemarle 2 heat pts
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Your demographics
We infer your age and gender based on the websites you've visited. You can remove or edit these at any time.
Age: 25-34
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pretty much what I search for on here for the most part
 01-29-2012, 04:04 PM         #17
reese0809  OP
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SMH i'm a female...stupid google

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 01-29-2012, 04:27 PM         #18
Carnagebsik  OP
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Games
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Pets & Animals
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Shopping - Consumer Resources - Coupons & Discount Offers
Sports - Team Sports - Basketball


Your demographics
We infer your age and gender based on the websites you've visited. You can remove or edit these at any time.
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male



Body art? WTF lol... wildlife? dont even remember the last time i googled anything about animals... and Basketball? i dont even watch basketball... also im 23 but not getting the age right is understandable... other than that sh*t looks ok
 6 years ago '07        #19
Spoken210 4 heat pts
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shyt was right except for age and bodybuilding. Lol wtf bodybuilding is for bi*ches
 01-29-2012, 04:52 PM         #20
iThink  OP
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Gender: Male

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