Enable and Disable Web & App Activity for a UMD Google Account


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Enable or disable Web & App Activity

  1. On a browser, go to the Activity controls page.
    • You may be prompted to sign in to your Google Workspace account.
  2. Click the switch to toggle Web & App Activity on or off.
  3. You can optionally click the checkbox next to this text to add it to your web activities:
    • Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services

activity controls screen

NOTE: Some browsers and devices may have more settings that affect how this activity is saved.

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Chrome activity and information Google saves 

When Web & App Activity is on, Google saves information like:

  • Searches and other things you do on Google products and services, like Maps
  • Your location, language, IP address, referrer, and whether you use a browser or an app
  • Ads you click, or things you buy on an advertiser's site
  • Information on your device like recent apps or contact names you searched for

In addition, Google can save information like:

  • Websites and apps you use
  • Your activity on websites and in apps that use Google services
  • Your Chrome browsing history

NOTE: Activity could be saved when you're offline.

Your Chrome history is saved only if you're signed in to your Google Account and have Chrome Sync turned on. Learn about Chrome Sync. If you would like to see or delete your search activity, you can find and delete your searches and browsing activity by visiting My Activity. Learn more about how to view and control activity or how to delete activity.

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Understanding UMD Google Workspace for Education accounts and personal data

Over a billion people rely on Google to complete an array of tasks. From crafting a complex spreadsheet to turning off a light, Google is deeply integrated in our personal and professional lives. This union isn't always a transparent one. The University of Maryland relies on Google to provide email to staff, faculty, and students. Learn what Google may know about you and how you can act to control your privacy while using a UMD email account.

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