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How to delete your Google Browsing History before new policy

With just a week to go before Google changes to its new privacy policy that allows it to gather, store and use personal information, users have a last chance to delete their Google Browsing History, along with any damning information therein.

Tech News Daily reports that once Google's new unified privacy policy takes effect all data already collected about you, including search queries, sites visited, age, gender and location will be gathered and assigned to your online identity represented by your Gmail and YouTube accounts. After the policy takes effect you are not allowed to opt out without abandoning Google altogether. But now before the policy takes effect, you have the option of deleting your Google Web History by modifying your settings so that Google is unable to associate data collected about you with your Gmail or YouTube accounts.
Tech News Daily reports that Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that advocates for online privacy, says: "Search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more."
EFF advises all Google users to delete their web history.
Meanwhile, Center for Digital Democracy has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the Commission to sue Google to stop the policy change. Tech News Daily reports FTC can impose fines up to $16,000 per day for violation.
Daily Mail reports that deleting your browsing history before March 1 when Google's new privacy policy comes into effect will limit Google's ability to track and record your every move online. The process is simple. Follow the steps below:
1. Go to the google homepage and sign into your account.
2. Click the dropdown menu next to your name in the upper-right hand corner of your screen.
3. Click accounts settings
4. Find the "Services section"
5. Under "Services" there is a sub-section that reads "View, enable, disable web history." Click the link next to it that reads: "Go to Web History."
6. Click on "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 while Google will continue gathering and storing information about your web history it will make all data anonymous, that is, Google will not associate your Web History information with your online accounts and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results.
Google's ability to gather personalized information about you by assigning data to your Gmail and YouTube accounts will remain "Paused" till you click "Resume."

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#21
JohnThomas Didymus   Feb 27, 2012
@Jeanie KC
When I follow the instructions, I find that I have two buttons when I click on "Go to Web History." One button says "No Thanks" and the other says "Turn Web History On". Does that mean I'm OK because I never turned it on? Or do I need to turn it on and then pause it? Thanks for any advice you might have.
clicking "turn web history on" takes you to the page where you see a listing of your web history. At the top of the page is a button "remove all web history" which allows you to empty the bin. When you click "remove all web history," Google deletes the list showing your web history and then tells you your web history has been "paused" meaning google has deleted Your Past History and will suspend taking your history in the future till you click "resume."
Many people stop at the page "turn web history on" mistaking this to mean that Google has never been taking their web history. This is very mistaken. The "turn web history" on button only allows you access to the page where you can see the details of your web history......
#22
Jeanie KC   Feb 27, 2012
THANK YOU!
#23
Anne Sewell   Feb 28, 2012
Right DJ, you must make things so that when our articles go viral (well done John!), the system can handle it.. :o)
#24
Debra Myers   Feb 28, 2012
@Chris Hogg
Congrats on a huge hit JohnThomas. Digital Journal is still trying to handle the overload of traffic that continues to come to this article! You have one seriously viral story under your belt now.
And viral it is! I have seen different pages on FB posting this story (specifically from DJ) several times now! Go JT! 8 )
#25
Katerina Nikolas   Feb 28, 2012
Congrats on mega viral John - be interested if it translates into great earnings for you here. Well done.
#26
JohnThomas Didymus   Feb 28, 2012
@Katerina Nikolas
Congrats on mega viral John - be interested if it translates into great earnings for you here. Well done.
Thanks katerina, the satisfaction of being "liked" 22,000 times and shared 85,000 times on Facebook surpasses the dollar reward for me!
#27
Sara Star   Feb 28, 2012
How many views did you get so far?
#28
Matt T   Feb 29, 2012
clicking "turn web history on" takes you to the page where you see a listing of your web history. At the top of the page is a button "remove all web history" which allows you to empty the bin. When you click "remove all web history," Google deletes the list showing your web history and then tells you your web history has been "paused" meaning google has deleted Your Past History and will suspend taking your history in the future till you click "resume."
Many people stop at the page "turn web history on" mistaking this to mean that Google has never been taking their web history. This is very mistaken. The "turn web history" on button only allows you access to the page where you can see the details of your web history......
Hi John,
very very good article thankyou - but could you please amend the original article to include the very necessary, and counter-intuitive step of turning web history "on" so that it can be turned off?
This happened to me, and until I read these comments I assumed that I had fixed the problem. This is a crucial step for any user to opt out of history.
If people are in the same situation as me, they will just think that this article doesn't apply to them - at first, I decided not to turn web history on because I thought that would create the problem this article was trying to avoid.
If the original article is amended you will help alot more people with this...
#29
Polly Violet   Feb 29, 2012
Hi,
This is great for my browser, but how do I do the same for my Android phone???
Thanks!
#30
skeptikool   Feb 29, 2012
Those into web porn will say, "Great!" but if you've merely been bad-mouthing the arms industry, contrived wars, Big Pharma, tobacco, cops, Homeland Security, any of two dozen lobbies, or advocated for pot decriminalization, you're already listed.
#31
Adam Jones   Feb 29, 2012
Hi folks.
Let's get this straight. Am I right in saying removing the web history at Google only applies to those people who have signed in with Google or Youtube with account priveleges? Those who have personal information with either Google or Youtube will be affected. So, what relevance does removing web history have, it you are anonymous with Youtube with a "sign in" button that's at the top of the screen whenever you listen to music? The only identification is your user name and nothing else, unless Google is "phishing" to get more info. So I don't think anybody needs to worry unless they have actually logged into Google or Youtube.
My case demonstrates this. I do have an account and signed in for the first time in ages. Clicked on "turn web history on" and it arrived at a page with the buttons "remove" and "remove all web history". The web history is visually EMPTY (there is nothing listed under the buttons prior to clicking "remove all web history"). I clicked "remove all web history", then a message (I don't recall the exact words) popped up and said something about the history list being empty. So, as an anonomous user, there was no history there for me to delete despite constant Googling and Youtubing.
Now, are you all saying that this history is something that Google is going to collect from 1st March onwards, and that we need to click "remove all web history" to generate a "resume" button to protect ourselves for the future? Perhaps?
Regards.
#32
Adeline Yuboco   Feb 29, 2012
Thanks for the heads up and information.
#33
Orley Whitehead   Feb 11, 2013
Google is a very sneaky company. That is for sure.

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