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octaviorblog (octavior) wrote,
@ 2012-02-24 16:38:00
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    How to remove your Google Web History
    Summary: March 1 is the day Google’s new unified privacy policy goes into effect, which means your Google Web History will be shared among all of the Google products you use.

    Do you know if Google is tracking your Web activity? If you have a Google account(for, say, Gmail) and have not specifically located and paused the Web History setting, then the search giant is keeping track of your searches and the sites you visited. This data has been separated from other Google products, but on March 1 it will be shared across all of the Google products you use when Google’s new privacy policy goes into effect.

    If you’d like to prevent Google from combining this potentially sensitive data with the information it has collected from your YouTube, Google+, and other Google accounts, you can remove your web history and stop it from being recorded moving forward.

    You can remove all of your Web History with the press of a button. (Credit: Malt Elliott/CNET)

    After signing into your Google account, type www.google.com/history into your browser. (Alternatively, you can choose Account Setting from the pull-down menu in the upper-right page, scroll down to the Services header and click on the “Go the web history” link.) If your Web History is enabled, you’ll see a list of recent searches and sites visited. Click the gray Remove all Web History button at the top of the page and a subsequent Ok button to clear your Web History.

    This action also pauses the Web History feature so that it will no longer track your Web searches and whereabouts. If you’d like to fire it back it, simply click the blue Resume button.

    My opinions: In light of IE9's slamming of Google and Apple discovering that Safari had been used by Google to collect User data, this article would seem both timely and its steps a sensible precaution to take. However the writer makes no mention of any malicious intent or long term evil plans by Google once March 1st has passed. He simply provides instructions--as clear and simple as the ones provided by Google--for pausing or deleting your Web History. Google's repetitive messages about upcoming changes in its privacy policy, ("This is important stuff."), seem designed to alert Users to their choices and what doing nothing will cause to happen. That is transparency.

    My observation is that for many, Web History is a valuable resource, far exceeding any browser History and to simply pause it or erase it as a knee-jerk reaction based on Privacy Invasion Fears is to both ignore the virtues of the History and to perhaps falsely believe your Privacy is somehow now protected from all potential sites seeking to get your data. It just isn't that simple.

    Some others think: Remove items from your Web History, as is common practice in the industry, and as outlined in the Google Privacy Policy, Google maintains a separate logs system for auditing purposes and to help us improve the quality of our services for users.

    So, am I missing something or does Google keep separate logs in spite of the instructions listed in this article to disable history collection? Google seems to be saying that it does.

    All kinds of ideas coming out when the things was been told, whatever, it is good things or not, but who knows.

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