[kwlug-disc] DailyTech - Concerned About Privacy? You're Probably up to no Good, Says Google CEO

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Wed Dec 9 19:33:42 EST 2009

Google Web History is a complete record of every site you search, 
retrievably by searching content, date, frequency, domain, you-name-it.  
If you have Google Toolbar enabled then it can retrieve even more -- any 
arbitrary site you visit as recorded by the toolbar.

Disabling Google Web History only turns off this capability. 

Even without Web History, Google still records your IP address, your 
search history, and correlates it all with its cookies (across different 
computers, different ad vendors, and possibly the geolocation service 
that's now built into Firefox.  And this doesn't require a Google login 
ID either.


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unsolicited wrote:
> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 12/09/2009 6:24 PM:
>> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca 
>> <mailto:unsolicited at swiz.ca>> wrote:
>>     Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 12/09/2009 4:54 PM:
>>         Re: Google search privacy:
>>         You can turn off web history. I did the day I learned that I can
>>         do so.
>>         Go here and turn it off:
>>         https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount?hl=en
>>     Can you be more specific? I get to account management, and don't
>>     know where to go from there given the bevy of choices.
>> Do you see a "Web history" option? If you do, then web history is 
>> enabled for you and Google is customizing your searches depending on 
>> your search history.
>> If you see it as "Try something new", then it is disabled.
> Ah! Thanks for that. It is present, and viewable after I scroll down.
> Going into it I could choose search history only, but it was already 
> set that way. I was then able to pause it. I gather that's about all I 
> can do. I saw nothing to delete, i.e. I have no history stored.
> On the left, choosing trends shows it's unavailable. And I have no 
> bookmarks.
> Thanks again.
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