Call it ‘just in time’ but I logged into all of my Google accounts and cleared my browsing history and ‘paused’ the future collection of my surfing data. I was pretty surprised to see that in my primary account contained history dating back to November 27, 2009 even though I regularly clear my browser history… the data was retained.
No doubt you have seen perhaps more than once the pop-up notifications upon longing into your Google and You Tube accounts advising you that Google has gone to a single ‘Terms of Service‘ across their services platforms.
Read Google’s Terms of service here: http://www.google.com/policies
As I have read the traditional news and blogs on this topic I note that there are a few people on the extreme ends of the spectrum with the majority solidly in the middle. What are the extremes? On the one end are those fearing “big brother is watching us’ and on the other end those who have no concern regarding their online privacy.
I personally feel that prudent care to ensure that you are comfortable with the exposure of your information and Google’s ability track your data is advisable. I am not an alarmist and I love using the wide variety of products provided by Google. I strongly feel that web security should be in the control of the user and it appears that Google has created a window of opportunity to allow this to happen.
It is important to note that you have until March 1, 2012 to elect to clear all of your browsing history and / or pause the future collection of the same. In this video Maile Ohye explains what type of information is collected and more.
Google Search Privacy: Plain and Simple
Presented by Maile Ohye, Google Support Engineer
Follow these simple steps below:
- Sign into your Google Account(s).
- Select the drop down menu next to your name in the upper-right hand corner of your screen.
- Select the Accounts Settings
- Select the “Services Section”
- Select “Services” and “View, Enable, Disable Web History.” Select “Go to Web History.”
- Select “Remove all Web History” and Confirm “History Paused”
When you click on “Remove all Web History,” a message appears that says ” Web History is Paused.” What this means is that while Google will continue gathering and storing information about your web history it will make all data anonymous, that is, Google will no longer associate your Web History information with your online accounts and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results.
The Nuclear Solution for the Hyper Sensitive
If you want to ensure that all of your search history is removed including from your website browsers, here is a great video that is easy to understand with step by step instructions for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Fire Fox, and Google’s Web Servers. In this video Aseem Kishore of the blog Online Tech Tips walks you step by step through the slightly more complicated steps needed to remove you complete search history from both you browsers and Google.
How to Permanently Remove Delete Google’s Search History
Presented by Aseem Kishore of One Line Tech Tips Blog
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