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Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the please-don't-write-or-call dept.

Google 238

itwbennett writes "Google's new privacy policy will consolidate all your data at google.com — unless you erase it first. And today is your last day to do it. The change goes into effect tomorrow. Which is why the helpful folks at EFF have posted some simple instructions showing how to delete your web history at Google."

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Sign into my what? (4, Interesting)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129091)

Gots no Google account, so does that mean they dont track me or that I cant erase the tracking data?

Re:Sign into my what? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129201)

Yes.

Re:Sign into my what? (4, Informative)

gnick (1211984) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129219)

Yes they track you - Or at least try as hard as they can. It also means that you're not really affected by this as the data is not associated with a Google account.

Re:Sign into my what? (4, Insightful)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129645)

You are not "affected" with them directly tracking you either.

Truth be told, if consider you are "affected" by tracking, you will still be "affected." There are some valid reasons to feel affected, too. Things like personal like sexual preferences or a teenager quietly getting pregnant and performing an abortion, these are things you rather keep to yourself but are not (at least in liberal eyes) wrong. Google may splash to your family by "accident" via targeted advertisement comes to mind, ironically it's even more likely to happen in a household with pure IP tracking (if everyone in the household has their web history turned off.)

In theory it may even sound better to keep the tracking on, but then it "is there", where someone may some day gain access and look at it.

Not everyone has these types of secrets or privacy concerns, but just because you have one does not mean it's invalid or you are a criminal.

Now on a separate note.... is there a way to download the history? I found interesting how far my history goes and would rather download it all than delete it, at least for the time being. I can’t find anywhere an option to download it, other than go page by page downloading the HTML pages... a bit too much for 5 years of history.

Re:Sign into my what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129763)

You are not "affected" with them directly tracking you either.

Truth be told, if consider you are "affected" by tracking, you will still be "affected." There are some valid reasons to feel affected, too. Things like personal like sexual preferences or a teenager quietly getting pregnant and performing an abortion, these are things you rather keep to yourself but are not (at least in liberal eyes) wrong.

The fact that I watch "Jersey Shore" is personal and I wouldn't want other people to know. It's just that I watched the train derail already, then skid through a lot full of parked cars... I know if I just keep watching long enough I'll watch it actually wreck so I can't stop watching :)

For anyone knocking "Jersey Shore" this show is a pioneer! It's the first show to actually have "negative product placement". The cast is so douchy that A&F actually paid them not to wear their brand of clothing.

Re:Sign into my what? (4, Funny)

eternaldoctorwho (2563923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129241)

For some reason, I read your post in the voice of Cotton Hill [wikipedia.org] : "Ain't gots no Google account. They don't track me, I'm a war hero. I killed fiddy men."

Re:Sign into my what? (5, Informative)

supersat (639745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129263)

If you're not signed in, they store your history for 180 days, but you can opt-out of that without a Google account: http://www.google.com/history/optout [google.com]

Re:Sign into my what? (1)

jason777 (557591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129545)

Why the F does it tell me "This service is unavailable for *mydomain.com*" when I try to delete all my history???? F you google.

Re:Sign into my what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129605)

Haha, you've been pwn3d by the arrogant Google assholes!

--
Jas

Re:Sign into my what? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129719)

I didn't know it was possible but Google's been slashdotted. They should have really gotten more hardware to handle the increased unsubscribe load.

Re:Sign into my what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129971)

I think he is talking about Google Apps account. I have same message:
This service is not available
Web History is not available for and is a Google Apps account

Re:Sign into my what? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129467)

From their website: "Signed-out personalization: When you're not signed in, Google personalizes your search experience based on past search information linked to your browser, using a cookie. Google stores up to 180 days of signed-out search activity linked to your browser's cookie, including queries and results you click."

In my opinion, it doesn't matter if your signed in or not. they will get information. If you ask me, I think it's time to use some free web proxies even if you need to search on google. Proxies are easy to use now a days.

Re:Sign into my what? (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129487)

Nobody forces you to accept the Google cookie.

Re:Sign into my what? (4, Informative)

hydrofix (1253498) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129501)

I would also suggest setting your browser to delete all cookies when closing. By installing Cookie Monster [mozilla.org] for Firefox you can selectively allow some sites to set permanent cookies, that persist over browser sessions (e.g. your Slashdot login).

Re:Sign into my what? (1)

mrclisdue (1321513) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129967)

...selectively allow some sites to set permanent cookies, that persist over browser sessions (e.g. your Slashdot login).

B-b-but what if /. becomes *evil* and all the kewl kids find out that I'm not...?

No Google account, but what ELSE have I had? (4, Interesting)

Fortran IV (737299) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129845)

I've read a dozen different articles about this, and I still can't tell: If I have a YouTube account but I've never had a "Google account," does this affect me at all?

One article mentioned "57 services" run by Google, but nobody's listed them. How do I know that I don't have an account at a site (like YouTube) Google owns but doesn't explicitly brand? I'd practically forgotten that YouTube was Google's...

Re:Sign into my what? (4, Interesting)

Dupple (1016592) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129869)

I must've been paranoid for years

I've had a gmail account since at least 2005 and went to the link in TFA and discovered that I had never turned Web History on in the first place. Happy days. All I gotta do now is log out of gmail on March 1 and jobs done.

Today is Feb. 29? (4, Funny)

Relayman (1068986) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129095)

I'm confused. The new policy goes into effect March 1 and today is the last day to erase the old?

Re:Today is Feb. 29? (5, Funny)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129333)

Yes, many people have trouble adjusting to leap years.

Re:Today is Feb. 29? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129561)

whot we haf hyar is one those damned Leap Weeks

Re:Today is Feb. 29? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129391)

As an easy way to defeat Google's tracking, I always change the date back one week.

And use your computer.

Re:Today is Feb. 29? (1)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129395)

I think this was posted a week early ?

Re:Today is Feb. 29? (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129731)

as opposed to the usual week late. Man this place is going downhill.

Re:Today is Feb. 29? (5, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129457)

They're just making it easier for when they dupe this story next week. They won't even have to change the summary at all!

No. Today is still Feb. 22. (5, Funny)

tomzyk (158497) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129883)

You obviously haven't read the fine-print in their new agreement. One of the updates is that GoogleCalendar is changing. Months always start on Thursdays from now on. And there will be 14 months per year. Google's moon-base is still working on speeding up the moon's revolution, but it should be ready [out of Beta] by the end of 2012.

Done. (5, Funny)

NIN1385 (760712) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129105)

I already did this years ago, but thank you for pointing it out to those who were not aware of such a setting. I'm sure the government is still monitoring all of this through Echelon though, which makes this meaningless.

Did I say that out loud? Shit sorry.

Re:Done. (1)

Isaac Remuant (1891806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129203)

Same here, I will be sharing it with some people who I think will find it interesting but might not have done so yet.

Re:Done. (5, Funny)

mrstrano (1381875) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129523)

Ha! Echelon! Didn't you get the memo? The project was renamed about 8 years ago, now it's called Facebook.

Re:Done. (4, Funny)

almitydave (2452422) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129609)

According to at least one newspaper [youtube.com] , Facebook has drastically cut the CIA's domestic intelligence gathering costs.

(The Onion wins again)

Re:Done. (1)

NIN1385 (760712) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129711)

Guess it's a good thing I don't participate in that "Social Network".

I am paranoid enough about my cellphone.

Re:Done. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129781)

I really don't care.
If a government or some corporation decides to mess with me, I'm pretty much fucked anyway, so them having that data wouldn't change things in any way.

Re:Done. (2)

Anrego (830717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129835)

I wonder if using https defeats this.

That said, I don't bother. Most of my searches fall into the category of:
- clueless care newb questions
- obscure linux issues
- guitar related

In principle I think people have a right not to be tracked, to control data about them, and I definitely don't agree with this "nothing to hide" shit.. privacy shouldn't require a reason, it should be a basic right. In practice.. I'm a very boring person with very little to hide and no inherent desire for privacy. I see no way in which I'm personally harmed by the data I know people are collecting.. if I had the option to opt out or opt in, I'd probably still let them collect the data.

Re:Done. (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129855)

clueless car newb questions

Sigh..

What history? (1)

Moses48 (1849872) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129111)

I followed their steps, except I don't have any History to delete. Wasn't this an opt-in thing? I know I never opted-in/out and I don't have any history myself.

Re:What history? (4, Informative)

supersat (639745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129293)

I believe it was opt-in for a long time, but then it became opt-out for (new?) accounts. The change was announced here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/personalized-search-for-everyone.html [blogspot.com]

Re:What history? (4, Informative)

harperska (1376103) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129481)

This does in fact appear to be true. I happen to have two google accounts, as I have two @gmail.com addresses. When I went to the newer one, my entire search history was there as I apparently didn't realize I had to opt out when I set it up. It has now been deleted per the EFF instructions. When I logged in to the older one, it said web history wasn't enabled, and so that account must have been created while web history was still opt-in.

ummm...someone can't read a calendar (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129127)

Next thursday is March 1, not tomorrow. New policy goes into effect NEXT thursday, not tomorrow.

Tried to (2)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129135)

tried to, but it turned out I never enabled this "history" in the first place (or at least Google says so). Am I safe?

Wondering the same thing myself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129633)

Deleted my + account anyhow. It's not related, but I don't use, and it made me feel like I did something

Re:Tried to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129757)

Mine also appeared to not be enabled. I was wondering if it was really enabled and Google was just obfuscating it from me, so I enabled it and now it's just Paused with no history.

[tinfoil] Looks like the eff is in cahoots with Google to get idiots like me to enable Google history [/tinfoil]

Still tracking no doubt... (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129139)

Still tracking people no doubt, just now the web history is tied to ip address/computer and not to user account.

Less valuable to them because ip addresses arn't typically static.

Re:Still tracking no doubt... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129441)

Yea but they still have other cookies, like the Google Analytics one, which can trace you between IPs...

Re:Still tracking no doubt... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129665)

Add:

*googlesyndication.com*
*google-analytics.com*
*googleadservices.com*
*googleadservices.com*

to your ad blocker.

Which is it? (1)

eternaldoctorwho (2563923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129163)

The article says this new policy goes into effect March 1st. Today is February 22nd, and tomorrow is the 23rd.
02/23/2012 != 03/01/2012
They need to recheck their logic.

YouTube (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129189)

I don't want Google to track me but I do like my YouTube account. So I'm stuck a bit...

Re:YouTube (2)

Rary (566291) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129231)

Google can only associate your searches with your account if you're logged in. If you don't want them to remember your searches, don't log in. Log in to use YouTube when you want to, then log out when you're done.

Re:YouTube (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129345)

That's what I always do. I never log into Google itself. But it would be nice if they were two separate things like in the old days.

Re:YouTube (4, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129451)

Google can only associate your searches with your account if you're logged in. If you don't want them to remember your searches, don't log in. Log in to use YouTube when you want to, then log out when you're done.

I don't think that's true, Google *can* associate your searches with your account whether or not you are logged on. I don't know if they *do* associate searches with your account when you're not logged on, but there's no reason why they couldn't do it if they wanted to.

You'd have to delete all of your Google cookies to prevent this. And even then, it's no sure thing, they could look at your IP address and browser ID to do a pretty good job of correlating your activity with your Google account even without a cookie.

Re:YouTube (2)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129509)

Use two separate browsers. You might even be able to find an extension for Firefox that allows you to sign into Youtube but doesn't have the other tabs be signed in when visiting Google (at least, I think this is possible). Privacy mode I know works like that in Opera ( so I could sign in under a private tab in Youtube and use Google under a normal tab and wouldn't be signed in), not tried it under Firefox.

Re:YouTube (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129581)

You don't need a plugin for that. All tabs operate independently.

Re:YouTube (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129911)

Your IP still stays the same... As, especially at the beginning, most people don't have a Google account, so they track using IP. It might be less reliable than the account or a cookie, but there's no way they'd skip this possibility. Profit on targetted ads/etc against those with cookies off (~10% of all users) is not something to shake a stick at.

But it's disabled already (1)

eminencja (1368047) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129195)

I signed it to gmail and went to this URL but it's telling me my web history is disabled. I have never disabled it myself so could it be disabled by default?

Re:But it's disabled already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129259)

Same here. Didn't had an option to clear it, only to enable it.

Re:But it's disabled already (1)

mvar (1386987) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129273)

Yes, web search history is disabled by default. So unless you were asking Google to track down your searches, you're safe.......Or you think you are safe, I bet that they keep your search history no matter of your preferences. Probably for "national security" reasons

"Paused" web history. (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129221)

Just did that. But I'd done it already, and Google claims my web history is "paused". Which probably means they will "unpause" it silently at some future time.

There's this annoying trend towards invisible buttons for things web sites don't want you to do. There's no obvious "sign out" button for Google now. Clicking on your user name will get you to a sign-out option, but it's not obvious. Facebook actually has invisible buttons for opting out of ads. (They're at the right of the ad headline. Mouse over that blank area and a "x" will appear. Click on the "x" and some opt-out options will appear. They don't actually make the advertiser go away, though.)

Re:"Paused" web history. (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129281)

Just did that. But I'd done it already, and Google claims my web history is "paused". Which probably means they will "unpause" it silently at some future time.

you lucky bastard!

mine is stuck, blinking at twelve. HELP!

Re:"Paused" web history. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129297)

This is why you have at least two browsers installed. One is your hardcore locked down browser for when you have to do stuff involving personal information (only have one window open at a time, no cache, and delete cookies on exit, and some form of script blocking installed, preferably also blocking 3rd party frames/images.) Then you have another one with everything except the script blocking in place, used for non-identifiable web browsing (obviously still identifiable, but only for linking browsing habits together, not also linking it to you.)

While this obviously will have limited effect on the overarching data mining that is possible today, it will obfuscate it enough to keep them from being on a first name basis with you and your browsing habits if handled carefully.

Re:"Paused" web history. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129531)

I'm actually pretty hopeful (relatively speaking). It seems I did this so long ago that I forgot about it and it's still disabled. Now, I'm sure they still have plenty on me they won't tell me about but at least they didn't randomly turn it on again.

Re:"Paused" web history. (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129657)

From Google's privacy FAQ [google.com] page, they conveniently dodge the question of what pausing does.

What happens when I pause the service, remove items, or delete the Web History service?

You can choose to stop storing your web activity in Web History either temporarily or permanently, or remove items, as described in Web History Help. If you remove items, they will be removed from the service and will not be used to improve your search experience. As is common practice in the industry, Google also maintains a separate logs system for auditing purposes and to help us improve the quality of our services for users. For example, we use this information to audit our ads systems, understand which features are most popular to users, improve the quality of our search results, and help us combat vulnerabilities such as denial of service attacks.

Re:"Paused" web history. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129917)

Actually, they explain it in the first sentence of the answer you quoted:

"You can choose to stop storing your web activity in Web History either temporarily or permanently ...."

Re:"Paused" web history. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129675)

Just did that. But I'd done it already, and Google claims my web history is "paused"

It goes to a paused state when you delete it. That happneed last time or the first time you deleted it.

Re:"Paused" web history. (1)

swillden (191260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129895)

Google claims my web history is "paused". Which probably means they will "unpause" it silently at some future time.

Because Google has a long history of silently changing your privacy settings? Just like they quietly updated their privacy policy, without telling anyone?

where is the REMOVE option? (2)

tommeke100 (755660) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129239)

I went to the history page, but there is no "remove all Web History" button or menu-item. Am I screwed already? did they remove the option?

Re:where is the REMOVE option? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129299)

you have to "Edit" your Google Products

and then you will have the option to delete Web History from what i guess can only be referred to as Google plug-ins or Google modules

that should work for you

cheers

What will happen if you already disabled it? (2)

Certhas (2310124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129251)

Do we have any info that you wont be able to disable web history after the change? Or delete it afterwards? That would seriously change my googling habits actually.

Mine was already empty and paused (1)

jupiterssj4 (801031) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129253)

Do I win?

i told them to forget me (5, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129269)

about a year ago when i closed my google account(s). same with facebook, although if their shadow-profiling is any indication of 'how its done' then you can expect google to start silently tracking the same inferential data about you as a person instead..

either may have started as amicable services, but both have rapidly evolved into a flagrant, unapologetic breeches of privacy.

Cee-Lo Green said it best. (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129275)

I see you driving ’round town
With the girl i love and i’m like,
Forget you!
Oo, oo, ooo
I guess the change in my pocket
Wasn’t enough i’m like,
Forget you!
And forget her too!
I said, if i was richer, i’d still be with ya
Ha, now ain’t that some shhh? (ain’t that some shhh?)
And although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a
Forget you!
Oo, oo, ooo

However I agree more with the original lyric.

Re:Cee-Lo Green said it best. (3, Insightful)

webheaded (997188) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129351)

We're all adults here...I'm pretty sure you can use fuck. The song sounds really stupid when you use the version with words replaced. :p

Re:Cee-Lo Green said it best. (5, Funny)

Kozz (7764) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129405)

We're all adults here..

You must be new here.

Re:Cee-Lo Green said it best. (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129747)

Hey, he's just trying to get it started in here!

Re:Cee-Lo Green said it best. (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129809)

I had the same thought, so I did a search before posting, and you sir took my idea before I had it! You should work at Google if you don't already, because they do that to me as well.

Google is too poweful (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129279)

We've reached a point where no one can deny that Google has become too powerful.

Now, as a Linux user, only Google's Chrome will support Flash under Linux:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/02/22/1323204/adobe-makes-flash-on-gnulinux-chrome-only

Every website in existence has Google analytivs, Google APIs, Google +1. It's getting out of hand. All in the name of monetization. I really, really do miss the WWW of the mid-90s for it's "innocence" and pre-Google competitiveness. No one even tries to usurp Google. It's a shame. Google becoming so big has desensitized us to lack of competition in the search realm.

This reminds me of the movie Demolition Man, where all restaurants are Taco Bell. I have gotten to the point where as of a few months ago, I use zero Google products and block everything they offer on the WWW. Their tracking is inidious. People gladly trade in their "data" and "privacy" for a free service that in the end is not free.

I think the EU is correct in pushing sites for "forget" people, despite any repercussions that might bring about. People come first, not profit.

Re:Google is too poweful (2)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129319)

So, which search provider do you trust?

Re:Google is too poweful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129515)

Ixquick so far, and when I find they start logging or tracking, then I move on.

Re:Google is too poweful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129767)

I thought i was common knowledge they were run by the NSA?

Never turned that on.... (2)

gweihir (88907) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129343)

Just tried to delete and found that I never have turned that feature on. So it seems that people concerned with privacy are not actually affected by this at all....

Of course, I use my Google account for the one project on Google Code I am involved in only, nothing else.

Way ahead of you (2)

WillgasM (1646719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129361)

I never turned it on in the first place.

wow... maybe I don't want to delete my history (1)

Ferante125 (971811) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129375)

I just logged into www.google.com/history and saw my browsing history back to 2007. I understand some of the privacy concerns, but I actually found it interesting to see what webpages I went to 5 years ago. For me, the ability to look back into details of the past that may have left my conscious memory recall seems to outweigh the security concerns. Also, on the www.google.com/history page you can delete individual record items so if there's something IN PARTICULAR that you want to delete... hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say no more.

Re:wow... maybe I don't want to delete my history (2)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129507)

I just logged into www.google.com/history and saw my browsing history back to 2007. I understand some of the privacy concerns, but I actually found it interesting to see what webpages I went to 5 years ago. For me, the ability to look back into details of the past that may have left my conscious memory recall seems to outweigh the security concerns. Also, on the www.google.com/history page you can delete individual record items so if there's something IN PARTICULAR that you want to delete... hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say no more.

But who has time to go through 5 years of browser history to delete all of the times they searched for "naked hot girls with donkeys"? If you think you have some particularly sensitive items in your history, the only way to make sure you get them all is to delete it all.

Re:wow... maybe I don't want to delete my history (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129599)

shame on you, you pervert, most donkey fucking girls are quite modest and would never pose for a nude picture

Make A Difference Foundation (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129399)

People actually believe this makes a difference? Seems like folly to me.

So... (4, Insightful)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129409)

Remind me as to why them retaining my search history would be detrimental to me?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129559)

FUCK shill ASSHOLE!

You are paid shill

Re:So... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129579)

Remind me as to why them retaining my search history would be detrimental to me?

Don't worry, everyone, in the time since virgnarus's post and my reply, the frothing paranoia squad has already dealt with the non-hivemind entity and we will never have to see such heretical speech again.

Actually, in all seriousness, I agree. I really haven't been offered a real argument as to why this is inherently bad, or more specifically, worse than what is currently in place. All I'm hearing is "Google has all this data, but it's horribly disorganized through the company; now they're organizing it SWEET SHITTING DICKNIPPLES THEY'RE ORGANIZING IT?!??!??!? THIS IS FUCKING EVILLLLL!!!!!!1! MAW GET MAH GUN AH GOTS TAH SHOOT THEM GEWGUL CREEPS".

Seriously. Besides some amorphous loophole revolving around some inefficient transfer of data from one arm of the company to another being closed, how is this automatically EVILLLL? Is everyone really basing their entire internet-browsing lives around easily-plugged loopholes staying open? Is that why everyone's bent out of shape when this happens?

False Assumption (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129443)

But you can still delete this afterwards... I am so confused.

Of little to no consequence (5, Informative)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129495)

From their website (http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=54067):

You can remove all Web History from your Google Account at any time. While signed in to your Google Account:

Go to google.com/history.new window

Click Remove all web history.

However, as is common practice in the industry, and as outlined in the Google Privacy Policy, Google maintains a separate logs system for auditing purposes and to help us improve the quality of our services for users.

(emphasis mine)

deleted last year (1)

nonicknameavailable (1495435) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129505)

i deleted everything and disabled it so i get this "Your search history is currently empty."

Proxies (1)

bigbangnet (1108411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129527)

For all the paranoid (me included sometimes), use a free web proxies. Of course with a free one you wont go really fast but since your going to use it for searching on google, their's no need for 10gb bandwith anyways. That should be able to fix the privacy problem once and for all.

End of the world nigh? (1)

Theleton (1688778) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129551)

What is the basis for believing this option will disappear once Google consolidates its privacy policies? TFA says that on March 1, "after all your odd searches, secret obsessions and kinky lunch reading is ensconced inside a special database, you won't be able to get to the data any more." This claim appears completely unfounded.

Clickety pops! (1)

rizole (666389) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129557)

Go to Google History [google.com] and follow the instructions.

Thanks slashdot! (4, Informative)

grahamsaa (1287732) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129623)

Looks like you slashdotted the EFF. Site is down.

Re:Thanks slashdot! (2)

jcreus (2547928) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129685)

Slashdot, you did it again! You're grounded!

Re:Thanks slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129813)

Looks like you slashdotted the EFF. Site is down.

Blame the mucus.

remove all Web History (1)

eaman (710548) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129857)

"remove all Web History" will just remover _your_ chance to read your own web hystory.
OFC google will keep it and will continue to update it in order to "improve the service" or whatever they call it today.

You should disable JS for google, clean your cookies, refuse cookies, use a proxy. Or just get in the mood to use an other search engine.

Doesn't do much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129859)

This only deletes the viewable version of your web history.

Sure you as an end user cannot view the history, but if you google won't be using that data regardless I have a bridge to sell you.

In Soviet Russia (1)

Roachie (2180772) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129935)

YOU can forget about Google!

shenanigans!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39129939)

Google must of posted this /. article to get the instructions offline, darn it, eff is slashdotted.

Stupid question but if you don't have the service (1)

pkinetics (549289) | more than 2 years ago | (#39129957)

... will they automatically enable it?

You can delete the service through here, which means you have no history for them to even have.

https://www.google.com/accounts/DeleteService?service=hist [google.com]

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