How to remove your Google Web History and disable tracking in the future

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Do you know if Google is tracking your Web activity? If you have a Google account (for, say, Gmail) and have not specifically located and paused the Web History setting, then the search giant is keeping track of your searches and the sites you visited. This data has been separated from other Google products, but on March 1 it will be shared across all of the Google products you use when Google's new privacy policy goes into effect. If you'd like to prevent Google from combining this potentially sensitive data with the information it has collected from your YouTube, Google+, and other Google accounts, you can remove your Web History and stop it from being recorded moving forward.


After signing into your Google account, type https://www.google.com/history into your browser. (Alternatively, you can choose Account Settings from the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner of a Google product such as Gmail, Google+, or Google.com. From the Account Settings page, scroll down to the Services header and click on the "Go to web history" link.) If your Web History is enabled, you'll see a list of recent searches and sites visited. Click the gray Remove all Web History button at the top of the page and a subsequent OK button to clear your Web History.

Just the way I like it, empty and paused.
This action also pauses the Web History feature so that it will no longer track your Web searches and whereabouts. If you'd like to fire it back up, simply click the blue Resume button.   (Credit: Matt Elliott/CNET)
RedHeadSaver posted Feb 28, 2012
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MHT962
Thank you!
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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RedHeadSaver
I found it so useful, that I had to put it up for everyone. They had history on me from as far back as 2008.
RedHeadSaver (rep: 616) posted Feb 28, 2012
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arsiel
Thanks for this. I heard about their privacy policy changes going into effect on NPR this morning and actually thought clearing my browsing history was enough. But of course when I followed the directions you posted, all my history was still there.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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erick99
Good job!
erick99 (rep: 17.8k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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nimrodboy3
thanks!
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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chuckydealpl
Thanks for info
chuckydealpl (rep: 40.8k) posted Feb 29, 2012
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