Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 23:18 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google So, the EFF has an article up on how to clear your search history at Google before the changes to the company's privacy policy takes effect. Most importantly, the hitherto sealed search hisory will now be shared with other Google services to provide better products advertising. Interestingly enough, when I got to the search history page, I saw this. Was this feature opt-in or something? Also, just to be safe, where do I go to delete or even just see the information associated with my Apple ID or my Live ID?
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by dorin.lazar on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 06:04 UTC
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Am I the only idiot who likes this feature? The web history, I mean? Because I want google to act smarter for me - THIS is what I use it for. Because it knows the context of what I search when I do it. Makes my life easier, for sure.
So why should I complain? Ok, it's nice to remove the search history, I like this too, I have the option. But it seems like there's this silly crusade against Google, when Google feels like the last man standing, fighting against the demise of the web as free as we know it.
But heck, I might be the village idiot and not know it.

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RE: Idiot?
by Beta on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 08:15 in reply to "Idiot?"
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But it seems like there's this silly crusade against Google, when Google feels like the last man standing

Highlighted by the fact you’re on 0 points for this post atm. :|

I like the web history feature but
1, I can’t export it unlike the rest of Google data
2, I don’t really want whatever dodgy searches I have done over the last 6 years leaking into my more personal and public facing areas of Google.

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RE[2]: Idiot?
by katti on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 14:10 in reply to "RE: Idiot?"
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Me too, I actually like the Web history feature, and used it a few times to find stuff I searched for before (not the actual queries, but the results). But now I decided to clear it since it goes way back to 2005, but I wanted to have a copy it. Found a method for saving the web history here:

Edited 2012-02-23 14:13 UTC

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RE: Idiot?
by ichi on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 13:27 in reply to "Idiot?"
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But it seems like there's this silly crusade against Google

Didn't Microsoft announce on February 1st that they were launching an advertising campaign to use privacy concerns about Google in order to try to get people to move to their own services?

I'm not sure about that and the sudden avalanche of news about Google being a coincidence.

I mean, if we were talking about news originated by third party independent sources you'd think that when talking about the unification of Google's data accross services they (at least someone somewhere) would mention that Microsoft (and likely other service providers as well) has been doing exactly that for quite some time, as stated in their own privacy policies.

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RE: Idiot?
by zima on Wed 29th Feb 2012 23:59 in reply to "Idiot?"
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Yeah, it can be a nice thing to have, maybe not strictly more useful but very much complimentary to browser history (or maybe, really, just adding more to information overload...)
For a short time I even experimented with saving browsing history there (sanitized) - an option in official Google Toolbar (though it appears to be among projects recently abandoned by Google), or in some 3rd party Opera userscript; but the UI and search of Google Web History were clearly not geared, not suitable for this.

Anyway, the whole drama sometimes feels like people have their eyes on wrong target as a threat to their privacy. Being one of many inputs for massive statistical analyses seems to me generally less troubling than, say, some potential online crazies / rogue stalkers...
(but then, a) the large entities are much more visible to everybody b) for some reason, what would be considered creepy in real life on a personal level, is now perfectly socially acceptable on, say, FB)

Edited 2012-03-01 00:15 UTC

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