Keeping Google from mining your Web searches

Here’s an interesting alert and tip from The Electronic Frontier Foundation on protecting your privacy in these days of shared information.

“On March 1, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1 as well as data it collects on you in the future. Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google’s other products.

This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more. If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.”

See how to do that here.

The EFF also notes that disabling your Web History won’t keep Google from collecting your information which it can use internally.

PC World says the new policy  “will bring together 60 disparate privacy documents into one umbrella policy. After that time you will be treated as one single user across almost all Google products. The company, as a result, will be able to deliver all kinds of new levels of personalization such as location-based schedule reminders and better targeted ads. But privacy advocates are concerned that Google’s new policy will give users less control over their data.”

2 comments Add your comment

Mid Town Joe

February 29th, 2012
8:56 am

J W

March 1st, 2012
2:46 pm

Bypass “Google” —– I utilize DogPile as my search engine; next, try Bing.