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#1 newbonic

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:46 PM

According to the DM at 3 simple steps to delete your browsing history article, new privacy policies at Google come into effect after March 1 2012 than means it stores your search and browsing history forever, and in detail. And that you've implied your consent to it doing just that by not opting out.

If you sign in and delete your past search history now then they can't store it, and anything after Mar 1 becomes anonymised. I was surprised how detailed my search record was and how far back it went, so I blasted it.

Should be a must for the TFH crew in these parts :P.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:00 PM

my google web history appears to not be enabled in the first place - does thi smean I do not need to bother further, do people think??

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:06 PM

I'm lost, what if I've used multiple computers?
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:23 PM

More details please?

Is this just if you log into your google account or have a google toolbar?

Are there plans for the govt to start storing our stuff too?

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:29 PM

I've done it, as can't do any harm, but I think "they" have enough info with or without google.

Put it this way, 10 years ago I wanted to track down my mum, and asked my Private Dick friend for a favour. I had no date of birth, an address that was 20 years old, and she'd changed her name. He rang me 10 mins later and said "Found her, here's where she lives, here's where she works, you wanna know what she spent on her store cards this month?"

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:35 PM

They've got a search history? How's that done unless you log in to Google (and what's the point of doing that, except that it's been insidiously tied to things like YouTube?) Should be OK; I get assigned a dynamic IP anyway so it's not as if the nosey sods can record me reliably using that.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:00 PM

I've got a couple of accounts with them - interestingly, some were recording my search, others were not.

Have to check again on the 28th - wouldn't surprise me if google is sneaky and reactivates them all again.

I can see this ending in a massive legal court case against google. With class action lawsuits in the US and the EU cracking down on big US tech companies I am surprised they are doing it. Obviously, FB is worrying them.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

I'm lost, what if I've used multiple computers?


I guess its dependent on the number of google accounts you have,

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:38 PM

I don't think Google works by computer, but by account.


I never sign in to Google unless I need to for my email address for my android phone and then I always make sure I sign out immediately.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:56 PM

I don't think Google works by computer, but by account.



IP Address apparently.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

my google web history appears to not be enabled in the first place - does thi smean I do not need to bother further, do people think??


Same here, I just followed the steps but I get the option to turn history on.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:30 PM

Same here, I just followed the steps but I get the option to turn history on.


And same here. Not switching it on, what's to gain?

I like the way the internet's gone. Some of these services (especially google) are really useful.
But I do worry about them holding too much stuff and trying to connect things together (this seems even easier to do with smartphones).

I have email (personal and company) with Yahoo, I use facebook (very lightly) and do most other things with Google, which is great, but when you open a contact and it seems to have linked to these things together it gives me an uneasy feeling.

No problem with some of my data being out there and no problem with yahoo/google doing a quick automated search of my emails to try and sell me stuff.
But I do not like the idea of them storing anything written in my emails (even though it's boring) or linking it to facebook, forums etc (still boring, but no-one's business).

As for my browsing history <cough>. Nothing illegal or wrong, but I really wouldn't want it stored anywhere!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

Yes, most of this is a money making thing, so unless they can remotely enable your webcam or something, they have no idea who is using the computer and it would be kinda pointless. I think it only applies if you have a google account.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:07 PM

www.startingpage.com

Simples.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:36 AM

I'm lost, what if I've used multiple computers?

It depends if you're signed in.

I looked at my search history on my main desktop PC and it showed stuff I'd searched for on my laptop.

I'm signed in to Google on both machines.




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