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Google offers new way to track usage of services

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is offering to provide a monthly report to people who want to keep track of their activities on some of its most popular services.

The tool unveiled Wednesday includes a breakdown of Gmail correspondences and search requests entered while logged in. The summary also lists the Web browsers and operating systems used during logged-in sessions. Google Inc. also is reporting the countries where logins originated.

These details could help flag unauthorized account usage.

The monthly activity report will be sent by email to those who sign up for it. It's an offshoot of another tool called Google Dashboard, which provides an even more extensive look at how people use Google products.

Google recently changed its privacy policy so it can link more data collected from its various services.