Consumer Advice Ireland: Google Privacy Policy Changes – Deleting Your Google Browsing History

Tomorrow, March 1, 2012, the Google privacy policy will change to allow it to gather, store and use personal information about its users. Today is the last date you can delete your previous browsing history to limit the extent to which Google records your search details.

The company say the aim is make searches more relevant for you. For example, if you have been searching for an oven dishes, the next time you log into You Tube, you might be recommended cooking videos. However, this could also apply to searches relating to very sensitive issues that you may have searched, while logged into your Google account. All this search information will allow them to build a permanent profile of you that could include personal information including age, gender and locality.

Today is the last date you can delete your previous browsing history, which will limit the extent to which Google records your search details, which could include embarrassing secrets.

Steps to Delete Your Previous Google Browsing History:

Step 1: Sign into your gmail account.

Step 2: Use the dropdown menu under your name at the upper right-hand corner to access your settings. Click  “ACCOUNT SETTINGS”.

Step 3: Find the section called “SERVICES” and you’ll see a link to ‘VIEW, ENABLE OR DISABLE WEB HISTORY”. Click this.

Step 4: To remove all of your search history details, click “REMOVE WEB HISTORY”. Once you have done this your history will remain  disabled, until you turn it back on.

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