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28 February 2012 @ 11:02 am
Google Privacy Issues: Web History  
Originally posted by anjak_j at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
If you are going to do this, you need to do it before March 1st. It has been said that users will not be able to do anything about this after that date.

With reference to Google's policy changes and how everything you do with your Google account will be tied together into their super-cauldron of information, you will probably want to clear your Google Web History out - if you turned that feature on - before month's end. After that, you won't be able to clear it, and everything you search for will be connected with your account.

To check settings and/or clear out your Web History:

1. Go to Google. If you aren't signed in already, do so.
2. In the top right-hand corner you'll find your email address or name, perhaps an icon if you have a Plus account, and a little downward facing arrow. Click on the arrow and a menu will pop up.
3. Click to 'Account Settings'. This will take you to a page called 'Accounts'. (If you have a Plus account, you might go via a Plus sign-in page.)
4. Scroll down to a section called 'Services'. Here you'll find an option called 'View, enable, or disable web history', which has a link next to it. Click on the link.
5. If you never turned web history on, you'll get a page asking if you want to turn this service on. Just click 'No Thanks' and all is good. If you did turn it on, you should have a list of your searches. At the top there is a button that says 'Remove All History'. Click this and follow the instructions which will remove all items from your Web History and pause the feature so nothing else will be added in future.

Also, you can completely remove Web History as a service from your account by clicking THIS LINK, checking the tick-box and confirming you want to remove Web History. To be safe, it is probably best to do the steps above first to remove any history that might have already been collected.

velvetwhip: Closedvelvetwhip on February 28th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!

aaronlisaaaronlisa on February 28th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
technopagan hippie chickgeminilove_ca on February 28th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! I finally got rid of it all. I don't think I have anything in there that would have embarrassed me or exposed private information, but Jeezum Crow.... better safe than sorry!
tessarintessarin on February 28th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder, had this down to do but this prompted me to do it.:-)
draconin: Not Happy!draconin on February 28th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
F'ing Google and Facebook! I find it hard to understand the attitude that some people have about what they're doing. You explain the data that they're collecting on you and it's (Shrug) "Who cares?".

Thanks for the link. I had not even switched it on intentionally but it was merrily recording everything. Must have been the default setting.