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Google privacy – are you aware?

March 8th, 2012 at 09:03

Google privacyYou’ve probably heard by now that Google have changed their privacy policies, bringing all their services under one policy.  It’s already been declared unlawful by EU’s justice commissioner. This can have consequences.  If you’ve ever had a Google account and you look at your browsing history from Google you may find they have recorded everything that you have searched for over several years!  Even though you’ve probably not searched for anything particularly controversial, this may horrify you to think that it is all stored and accessible to the powers-that-be at Google and who knows who else.

You can delete your search history using the following steps:

  1. Log into Google
  2. Go to the Google web history page
    This will show you a list of all the sites you have visited and terms you have searched for.  (If it asks you if you want to “Turn Web History On” – then click No thanks!)
  3. Click on the button Remove all Web History and then OK
    A message comes up stating “Web History is paused” and “Your search history is currently empty”

Further privacy tools can be found at  http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/tools/

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