Remove Your Google Search History Before the New Privacy Policy Takes Effect

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By Akemi Iwaya on February 23rd, 2012

Starting March 1st Google’s new privacy policy takes effect, so you may want to do a quick bit of web history cleanup work ahead of time. This tutorial from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will show you how to do it and will only take a few minutes to finish.

Once you sign into your account’s history settings, you are just a couple of clicks away from some peace of mind.

Image courtesy of Electronic Frontier Foundation.

From the blog post: Note that disabling Web History in your Google account will not prevent Google from gathering and storing this information and using it for internal purposes. It also does not change the fact that any information gathered and stored by Google could be sought by law enforcement.

With Web History enabled, Google will keep these records indefinitely; with it disabled, they will be partially anonymized after 18 months, and certain kinds of uses, including sending you customized search results, will be prevented.

The post also provides a link to the EFF’s Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy white paper if you would like to do more to reduce the records kept on you at Google (see last paragraph of blog post).

How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect [via BoingBoing]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/23/12
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