Google Account revamped -- increased transparency and new security and privacy options

Google Account on mobile

Google has unveiled a new look for users' accounts, making information clearer, improving transparency and adding new options.

To make it easy to find information, Google has added a search function and there's also a cleaner look to aid navigation. Building on the previous update to Security Checkup, your Google account now also highlights settings you can change to improve your security.

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The rejigged look means that it is now easier than ever to access the personal information associated with your account as well as the settings associated with various Google apps and services. Highlighting ways users can secure their accounts, Google is now taking a more proactive approach to informing its users with things such as suggesting the removal of accounts from old, unused services, or advising the removal of unverified apps you have granted access to your account data.

Writing about the new Google Account experience, the company says:

We know that when it comes to data and privacy, one size does not fit all. To help you better understand and take control of your Google Account, we've made all your privacy options easy to review with our new intuitive, user-tested design. You can now more easily find your Activity controls in the Data & Personalization tab and choose what types of activity data are saved in your account to make Google work better for you. There, you’ll also find the recently updated Privacy Checkup that helps you review your privacy settings and explains how they shape your experience across Google services.

The new Google Account experience is available to Android users right now, and Google says it will also be making its way to iOS users and the web in due course.

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