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How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect


On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st 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.

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Does This Apply If You Don't Have A Google Account?

But use Google as a search engine?

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

For deleting your stuff

CCCleaner has an option on the settings for when you delete you can use secure file deletion for Very Complex Overwrite (Guttman 35 passes)--more than the DOD which uses 3 passes and the NSA uses 7 passes to clear their info. The thing you have to remember is if you clear your cache and cookies the normal way the secure deletion won't help much. You have to use it all the time if you want to make sure everything is deleted. It takes about 10 to 30 minutes. I do it every night before I go to bed.

This does not protect from google snooping

If the law were to confiscate your computer, they would not find much and it would be difficult for them. Now it seem like anyone who gets in trouble with the law, that is the first thing they do. Sometimes I will delete my stuff the normal way, and other times I delete the secure way.

updated article on Google web search history

[UPDATE 2/22/2012] It is important to 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.


With Web History enabled, Google will keep these records indefinitely; with it disabled, they will be partially anonymized after 18 months, and certain kinds of uses, including sending you customized search results, will be prevented. If you want to do more to reduce the records Google keeps, the advice in EFF's Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy white paper remains relevant.


When I use Google, or when I

When I use Google, or when I did, I never signed in. Does this apply to me, then? When I followed the directions I get this page: https://www.google.com/history/

It doesn’t have "remove all Web History.” Instead, I get a brief introduction about Web History. At the end it says No Thanks or Turn Web History on. Does this mean it was off to begin with?

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

And to think that our mantra once was:


What about Moblie phones?

I have HTC, which runs off Google right? I have my email, among other things on it, including my password saved to DailyPaul.com.
Is there anything I can do? The phone pretty much is Google.

you can also turn off

you can also turn off personalized results and select and opt out when not signed it. Follow this up something like taco and anonymousx firefox addon.


What about Ghostery?

I am using this free software that tracks the trackers and lets you block them from adding cookies and tracking you. You can block Google Analytics this way, too. It seems good --any opinions out there?


Ann in Florida


I just installed this as an ad-on to Firefox. I'm running Linux Mint and it intalled seamlessly. The idea is great, turn the tables and track the trackers! I too would like to hear from others that have used this

Update: ok this is really cool if I could up rate this twice I would. It's interesting to note which sites have more places tracking you. very cool thank again

set your gmail to only connect using https

If you set your gmail account to only connect using a secure connection (https://), all google pages that you go to while signed in will automatically connect using https. Web History doesn't record the addresses of webpages that are prefixed with https://.

I checked all of my gmail accounts, and associated web history's and there was no history to delete.

I don't think that

using https is going to prevent google from tracking you, it might prevent anyone other than google, but if it's running through their servers unencrypted... they have access to the info.
Note (edit: deleted previous comment making fun of well meaning member)

This reminds me of when my 18 month old thinks I can't see her cuz she's covering her face with her hands.

too good to be true?

:-) I agree, it sounds a little fishy, and probably depends more on whether or not you trust Google to go by their own word, which they've broken plenty of times. But it is currently their stated policy not to record addresses of websites prefixed with https://

As stated on this page, point number two.



But I do not have a Google nor youtube account.

Is there still something for people in this boat to do besides the startpage thing?


Yes - TOR browser, VPN services, use HTTPS when possible

Because your ISP can track you even if you don't use Google.

if you use Tor

I heard you will be put on a watch list and ICE will be tracking your every move. Most hackers and scams are run through Tor.

"Give me liberty or give me death" Patrick Henry

The more of us they have to track, the easier it is to evade

Strength through numbers.


I do not know much about these things. Thanks for recommending them.


Wow!! I didn't even know I had this history recorded by Google.

I looked it up and it went back all the way to 2007!! And to my suprise! The first page showed Ron Paul searches!! Hahaha!

Time goes so fast! Yet, soo much has happened!

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you had to explicitly agree to it at one point

they wouldn't be doing it, otherwise.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Me too. Nov 2007 google "Ron

Me too. Nov 2007 google "Ron Paul".

Thank you bump



My blood pressure just rose seeing yet another post about how to still use ANTI-PRIVACY Google even though it violates your privacy.

Do you believe in the FREE MARKET or not?


Don't use google ANYTHING - I'd go so far as to no longer use websites that google adwords as well. If it says google - or is a subsidiary (like youtube) - STOP USING IT.

Anyone with a youtube account should download all their videos and upload them to a competitor. I know this all sounds drastic but if we don't punish companies like this pretty soon they will be watching you in your living room.

STOP using google today!

I use Start Page as my search engine and it does not log my IP while searching so it is almost completely anonymous. I have gone as far as getting rid of windows and installed Linux Ubuntu, which maybe going a little extreme. But works just as good.

Ixquick is StartPage's parent

Ixquick is StartPage's parent site. Check that out as well. It uses more than just Google so sometimes you'll find sites that Google doesn't index. You won't get me to stop using Google Chrome, however, it's simply too good of a browser.

"A true competitor wants their opponent at their best." Lao Tzu

I agree Start-Page is the way to go!

No question in my mind. It uses google search but doesn't record your IP etc.

Freedom will Prevail

Good e-mail hosting to switch to?

Does anyone know of an alternative e-mail host to swtich to, or should I learn to make my own server?


automatically encrypts and decrypts emails for you. For it to be secure BOTH sender and recipient must have a hushmail account. You can encrypt messages to non hushmail users but like "broxoth" explains below once the message is decrypted by A non hushmail recipient the message is only as secure as their server, so if they are using gmail or may others your message is about as secure as posting it on the dailypaul. Which BTW WHY THE HECK DOES DAILY PAUL STILL USE GOOGLE FOR IT'S SEARCHES!

Sad fact

Short answer:

You can very easily get your own domain registered and it will come packaged with email services. These servers are not likely to be seized. If you'd like details, message me.

Long answer:

The reality of the situation is this: short of encrypting each email you send out, there is no way to ensure the privacy of your email. But let's say that you do that. How do you ensure that once the recipients receive and decrypt that email, that it is secure on the server(s) it is on at that point?

You can encrypt the data in motion (think of a metal pipe that the data goes through). You can then encrypt the data when it is at rest on a hard drive (think of a lock box that the data sits in). Eventually for that data to be of any value, it must be decrypted by (hopefully the intended) recipient. At that precise moment, the file can be copied, burned, printed, emailed, you name it.

This is why email cannot be considered a truly secure medium. You have to decide what your acceptable level of privacy will be. Google flat out reads your stuff and sells info about you to their associates. They make no bones about it. For some that will be acceptable. It is for me because I go through my life expecting that, regardless of my email provider, the government will get the info on me they want should they decide they do want it. That may not be acceptable to you. It is a personal choice.
That said, I have several email accounts. The one I use for much more private interactions (bank, family, etc.) I run myself.

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if you want to draw ludicrous amounts of attention to yourself

send encrypted emails.

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