Google has just launched a new service called Account Activity, allowing users to produce periodical reports showing their usage patterns of Google products. Google’s activity reports mean you can now get a report that shows you how much Gmail you’ve received over the past month, how much you’ve sent, what were your top Google searches, where you were located during the month, and more.
You can sign up for the service now, but the report takes a few days to generate. Once it’s ready, you will receive an email with a link to the report, and would need to enter your Google credentials to access it. This service increases Google’s transparency about the amount of personal data it collects, and allows users to make use of it by analyzing their own email and search habits.
The activity report would look like this:
Knowing where your time goes online could lead to improved productivity, and knowing the locations from which your account was used leads to better security. For instance, if you haven’t been to Australia this month, nobody from Australia should have used your account (obviously).
Google shared a screenshot of a dummy report with their announcement, showing information pulled in from Google Latitude, Gmail, and Web History, as well as general Google Account information.
Source: Official Google Blog