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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RE[2]: Holy fucking shit.
by Bounty on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Holy fucking shit."
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So, uh, you don't trust Google because they're forth-coming with what they collect and how it might be used under certain jurisdictions but instead you trust search engines that claim that they won't give out your data even though they're based in the U.S and subject to exactly the same laws as Google.
Ok, sounds good to me...

True, however I think the laws read something along the lines of "if you have the data, you have to give it to us if we ask." We know Google keeps the data, for a very long time, so authorities will have 5+ year history of your web searching. The next question is how long does keep user data v.s. Google.

Also if you're using Tor or something and Google history, they can track you based on your account, otherwise they'd only have an exit node IP address.

Let me know if I missed something.

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RE[3]: Holy fucking shit.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 21:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Holy fucking shit."
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According to Wikipedia, IXQuick supposedly holds on to data for one year and does not record IP addresses.

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RE[3]: Holy fucking shit.
by orestes on Fri 24th Feb 2012 21:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Holy fucking shit."
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What sort of idiot is worried enough about privacy to go to the trouble of anonymizing through TOR then signs in to a web service of any sort? Oh wait, the sort that probably needs to be caught to begin with.

As for trust, the answer is simple, don't trust *any* company past their own profit motives. Ever.

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