How to Download and Delete What Google Knows About You

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  1. chapped

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    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/heres-how-to-download-and-delete-what-google-117031199754.html

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    Have you ever wondered how much Google really knows about you? Well, now you can check, as Google has added a new feature that lets you view and download your entire search history.

    Yep. Everything.

    The feature, which was spotted by the unofficial Google Operating System Blog — though VentureBeat points out that the function was made available in January — gives you access to everything from what you searched for to the links you clicked on from those searches. It also shows you the addresses you’ve searched for.

    I was even able to see the list of images I clicked on while searching for pictures of cats eating spaghetti. Now imagine what you’ve looked for. Oh, and clearing your browser history won’t delete this data.

    But there’s no reason to panic, because in addition to being able to download your search history, you can clear it.

    First, here’s how to download your history:
    1. Navigate to Google’s Web and App Activity page.

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    2. Next, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

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    3. Then select Download from the drop-down menu.

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    You’ll then receive a pop-up window warning you not to download your search history to a public computer, as it contains a large amount of sensitive information.

    4. If you want to continue, click Create Archive.

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    Once your history is downloaded, you’ll receive a link in a few seconds that lets you view your data.

    If you don’t want to download your data, and would rather get rid of it, you can do that as well. Of course, there are some reasons to let Google keep your search data. For one thing, it guarantees faster search results. It also ensures that Google Now has all of the latest relevant information about you. If you delete your data, your searches won’t be as tailored to your habits.

    Still want to get rid of your search history? Here’s how:
    Before we get started, it’s worth pointing out that if you want to keep your information hidden, you can use your browser’s privacy option, which keeps Google from saving your data — though it can still be seen by your service provider or employer.

    Simply deleting you browser history won’t clear the data saved by Google, as you’re only deleting the information stored by your browser and not what’s on Google’s servers. To do that, you’ll have to:

    1. Navigate to the Web and App Activity Page and click the gear iconin the top-right corner.

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    2. Select Remove Items and choose the beginning of time from the drop-down menu.

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    3.Click Remove and kiss your data goodbye.

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  2. Josey Wales

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    Wow!

    I'm not sure whether to be amazed or scared.

    :chair:
     
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    I'm not so concerned about what Google knows as I am how easily accessible that info is to OTHERS.
     
  4. Rodney21a

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    So we're just gonna take Googles "word' that they are"deleting" your history when you select the "Delete" option?
     
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    This. I'm sure a lot of us have much more sensitive info in our e-mail box than could be gathered from a list of our searches. Google (or whatever) is storing those as well.
     
  6. ClumpyStern

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    I got stuck at Step 1.
     
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    I'm pretty sure all they do in that instance is update a column in their database on a record that is tied to your search history that's probably called something like 'IsVisible'.
     
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    I'm sure Google is doing this for us. They just want to free up space on the cloud, right? They're not curious about why you want certain things deleted, right? Trust the benevolence of corporate giant, Google. End rant.
     
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    Looking at my history sends me on serious shame spiral
     
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    Sorry X...hate to tell you....all our google searches, gmail, Facebook, twitter stuff (even behind the scenes PMs) are stored and warehoused. It is legal b/c those sites often route traffic through international servers...it is legal for the g@vern#ment to access and catalog our info from there.

    I know..eek:eek: or to quote @pickles3000 SHIIIT
     
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    I appreciate the likes but I was being serious. How the fuck do I get to Step 1: Web & App Activity page?
     
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    Mine goes back to 2010. They can keep it. I don't give a shit.
     
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    I just checked, and as I thought, my history has been turned off for years.
     
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    OK, so I ran my Google search history, and I found this


    Friday Feb 6th 5:30PM EDT "Stores Selling Jack Daniels"
    Friday Feb 6th 6:45PM EDT "Mixers Whiskey"
    Friday Feb 6th 7:32PM EDT "Pizza delivry"
    Friday Feb 6th 8:17PM EDT "Funny joks girls think funny"
    Friday Feb 6th 9:02PM EDT "Defnition Jayla"
    Friday Feb 6th 9:44PM EDT "Cost of Spreeeecast" "Real bobs Benjy girlfriend"
    Friday Feb 6th 10:03PM EDT "How to eliminate enytre wbsite"
    Friday Feb 6th 10:11PM EDT "Why is Benji famous?"
     
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    Google will let you see everything you’ve ever searched

    By Julian Hattem - 04/21/15 08:01 AM EDT

    Google is famous for keeping discreet tabs on how people browse the Internet in order to market ads back to them and point them toward the websites, videos and services they want.

    Now, it’s possible for the average Web user to get a slice of some of that information.

    Over the weekend, an unofficial Google blog highlighted a new feature that the Internet giant had quietly rolled out to let people download their entire Google search histories.

    To find everything they’ve ever searched for, users should go to Google Web History, click the gear icon and click “Download.”
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    “Create an archive of your search history data,” the Web company promises.

    In a few moments, it sends an email with downloadable cache of data about people’s past searches.

    The archive won’t work for people who have altered their privacy settings, and only records searches that occurred while logged in to Google, such as through Gmail.

    Still, the archive is a demonstration of how much information Google quietly retains about its users. The company is by no means unique in compiling scores of data about people’s browsing habits, but its size has made it a target for privacy advocates who fear companies having access to vast amounts of personal information.

    In addition to Google, companies known as data brokers — which make a business out of compiling dossiers on consumers in order to sell use for advertising — have come under scrutiny from Capitol Hill and Washington regulators, who fear that people’s privacy is not being adequately protected.

    That search history can also be useful to the government, in order to track down potential terrorists or criminals. Among other things, federal agents are able to subpoena lists of search histories from companies like Google during the course of an investigation.
     
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    It's adorable you really think that.

    On another note, does anybody really believe the Internet was created in the first place so we could easily buy shoes and surf for porn? Or perhaps maybe the gov found an easy way to data mine?
     
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    If google is aware what I'm doing than they no I have a car payment due . Maybe they will pay it.