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Google's New Privacy Policy

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:06 pm
by MadCat
Okay, so I'm a huge privacy advocate, and I stopped using Google and related products thanks to its hideous new policy that saves all of my search data. So here's a nice tip on how to remove your Google Web History.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/02/h ... kes-effect

It's important to read the update at the bottom, though.

[UPDATE 2/22/2012]: Note that disabling Web History in your Google account will not prevent Google from gathering and storing this information and using it for internal purposes. It also does not change the fact that any information gathered and stored by Google could be sought by law enforcement.

With Web History enabled, Google will keep these records indefinitely; with it disabled, they will be partially anonymized after 18 months, and certain kinds of uses, including sending you customized search results, will be prevented. If you want to do more to reduce the records Google keeps, the advice in EFF's Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy white paper remains relevant.

If you have several Google accounts, you will need to do this for each of them.


Even if you don't want them to store your history, they do anyway. Bastards.

Another interesting link, about the company's Alignment Shift from Good to Evil:

http://lifehacker.com/5878900/google-is ... e-goes-bad

Re: Google's New Privacy Policy

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:00 pm
by Zephyr190
I hate it when company mottos lie.

That said, I willingly gave Google my name, address, e-mail, bank details, phone number, phone numbers of all my friends, photos, GPS location, occupation, hobbies and interests. Although I'd have probably given them my search history anyway, I'd rather they asked nicely.