How to Prep for Big Google Privacy Change


How to Prep for Big Google Privacy Change

How to Remove Your Google Web Data History

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 policygoes 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.

After signing into your Google account, type into your browser. (Alternatively, you  can choose Account Settings from the pull-down menu in the upper-right  corner of a Google product such as Gmail, Google+, or From  the Account Settings page, scroll down to the Services header and click  on the “Go to 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.

You can see that the “Resume” button is now a dark blue – Just in case you want Google to track your every move.
But it’s just the way I like it, empty and paused.

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 up, simply click the blue Resume button.

Article Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation;  Via: LifeHacker;  Credit: Matt Elliott/CNET
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