How To Delete Your Google Web History Before the Unified Privacy Policy Takes Effect

Delete Your Google Web History

Google recently announced that it was changing its privacy policy and sharing data that it collects about its users amongst all of its services, beginning on March 1st.

What this means is that information from your web history searches and the web sites you visit is going to be combined with information from other Google products like YouTube and Gmail.

If you’re sensitive about your personal information being shared on the Web, then here is an easy way to turn off your search history and stop it from being recorded:

  1. Browse to Google.com, and Sign In to your Google account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, click the dropdown menu by your name.
  3. Select “Accounts Settings”
  4. Find “Services Section”
  5. Under “Services”, there is a section which says “View, enable, disable web history.” Click the link next to it which says: “Go to Web History.”
  6. Select “Remove all Web History”

When you click on “Remove all Web History,” a message appears that says “Web History is Paused.” What this means is that although Google will continue collecting and permanently storing information about your web history, it will make all data anonymous: Google will not connect your Web History information with your online accounts, and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results.

You may have already known about turning off search history, as this is one of the top settings to change if you don’t want any potentially sensitive searches (religion, sex, health, location, etc.) to be recorded. But with the information giant consolidating its products and “simplifying” its privacy policy, now is a good time to check your personal data sharing settings in Google.

Author: Kevin S.

Kevin Sanders is a Los Angeles native who has worked in tech support and customer service since 2000. He specializes in professional IT consulting, cloud technology, cyber security, networking and Wi-Fi, hardware/software diagnostics and repair, and custom systems building.

2 thoughts on “How To Delete Your Google Web History Before the Unified Privacy Policy Takes Effect”

  1. I disabled (actually eetdled the service) from my Google Account. I only let them store my emails and nothing else (oh wait, make it 2 since i use google reader!)

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