FAQ: What kind of data is Google able to collect and integrate and how does this affect me?
If you want a backup of what Google has associated with your account either for your own edification or to make a backup before you delete it, you can head to the “data liberation” section of your Account Settings to get a archive of any data Google has you on your Google +1’s, (now-defunct) Buzz account, Circles, Contacts, Docs, Knol, Picasa albums, profile, Google+ Stream and Google Voice. Be warned: it could take a while to compile.
If you’re interested in closing your Google Account, here’s a quick how-to:
1) Sign in to your Google Account
2) Click on your “Account Settings” panel: You can find your Account Settings panel on the top navigation bar of your Google account.
3) Go to the “Services” section of Account Settings.
4) Decide how much you want to delete: You have a few options here, you can delete just your Google+ account, your Google profile, or delete all the data from all your accounts on Google.
5a) Clear your Google+ and/or Google Profile: If you opt for this less-drastic option, you can choose to delete selected Google services. From this menu you can either delete your Google+ profile or your entire Google profile — which will also get rid of your Google+ account.
5b) Delete your account: You can also chose to get rid of the whole kit and caboodle, and close your entire account, which will wipe your Web history, Gmail and Google Talk data. Note that if you have pending financial transactions made through Google accounts, you’ll still have to pay up.
Check the boxes acknowledging that you know you’re clearing your Web history, Gmail and Google Talk information, that you want to delete the account, and that you know you’ll have to pay for pending transactions. Enter your password, and hit “Delete Google Account.”
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