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Google Privacy: Remove Your Google Web History Before March 1

G oogle has a new privacy policy going into effect on March 1st. What it means is Google will start sharing your web browsing history across all of its services. Currently, Google Apps, Docs, email and other services each have their own policy.

If this concerns you, it’s time to dump all of your Google Web History before the new policy is implemented. Here’s how to do it.

Sign into your Google account or accounts if you have more than one. Then in the address bar type http://google.com/history.

remove history Link

Here you’ll see the complete history – including dates – of sites you’ve visited, searches, YouTube videos, images and anything else you’ve done on Google’s sites and services. You can narrow down your history to specific categories by clicking them on the left side of the page.
all history

To clear it all, click the Remove All Web History button at the top of the page.

remove all button

Next you’ll get a confirmation message that you want to remove all history for this account. Click OK.

confirm

All done! This also stops Google from keeping a log of any future browsing that you do. If you want to turn it on again for any reason, click the Resume button.

history Removed

Google claims this new policy will make your life easier, and will provide targeted ads to the services you’re using. Time will tell on that, and there is sure to be a lot of discussion on this next month.

If you’re sick of Google and want to move your documents to a different service, check out my article on how to remove your documents via Google Takeout.

You can read the full version of the new Google Privacy changes below.
Google Privacy Policy

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6 Responses to Google Privacy: Remove Your Google Web History Before March 1

  1. Chris February 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    I don’t have a Google a/c but I use Google, how am I affected with the new policy

  2. Robert! February 28, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Ive deleted my 10k+ searches. Didn’t know I search so much.

    Thanks for the How-To Brian!

  3. Thiruvengatam February 28, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Hi, Thanks for the great update.

    I really appreciate it.

    What if i do not login into Google account and make searchs using Google?

    Are the search logs captured while I perform searches even when I’m not Signed In?

    If yes, How does the Google searches get captured in my Google history when I perform searches without signing in and how does the Google’s systems identify me?

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Quintus February 28, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Lol, I wonder if this will also show the adult searched from the user. Any info on what will be ” leaked”.

  5. Stu February 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Thanks for all the great tips from this (my favourite How To website) – But WTF have you done to the nice interface you used to have?

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