How to Limit Google's Use of Your Search History
Electronic Frontier Foundation shows how before March 1 deadline
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2012 5:05 PM CST
The Google logo.   (AP Photo/dapd, Virginia Mayo)

(Newser) – The Electronic Frontier Foundation isn't happy with Google's plan to expand its use of the information it gleans about you, and it provides a quick four-step process on how to keep that data more private. "Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products," explains EFF. That changes March 1, when the company will combine your search history with data it gets about you from its other products, including YouTube and GooglePlus. To prevent that, see EFF's four-step process here.

Update: EFF is clarifying its advice thusly: "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."

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NoddaAndYou
Feb 23, 2012 4:00 PM CST
There is no way to be sure that google, yahoo, iTunes, or even bing has all this information on you. The closest you can come is to never create/login to an account with these companies, use anonymizing software like TOR, and a chain of non-caching proxies. Not to mention having a browser that is set not to save history, and not to allow cookies, flash, javascript, cross-domain scripting, activex, pdf, MS office, and java. So go find a copy of Mosiac or ViolaWWW, and make sure your tinfoil hat is screwed on tight, because they're a' comin' for ya. ;-)
StationaryMan
Feb 23, 2012 11:35 AM CST
Yahoo, altavista, webcrawler.
JackNelsonSteward
Feb 23, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Of course you COULD just not sign up for a Google account ... ?