Critics, however, say combining all the user data from your various Google accounts has another big effect: Google gets to assemble a very detailed dossier on you–including some bits of information that you might prefer to keep private. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains, "search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more."
As Nick Mediati writes on PC World, "this grand consolidation means that all of your Google account data will live in a single database that every Google service can access. Google Maps will have access to your Gmail data, which will have access to your YouTube history, and so on."
So. Can you simply opt out? No, you can't. As one writer put it, "you can accept, or decline and be banished."
"Google’s new privacy announcement is frustrating and a little frightening,” Common Sense Media chief executive James Steyer told The Washington Post. “Even if the company believes that tracking users across all platforms improves their services, consumers should still have the option to opt out — especially the kids and teens who are avid users of YouTube, Gmail and Google Search.”
The EFF recommends people with Google accounts disable their web history. (You can get step-by-step directions to do that here) It won't keep Google from collecting and keeping information about you, but it will limit what Google does with that information, including having your info "partially anonymized after 18 months."
PC World's Mediaiti describes another way of protecting yourself from Google's new all-in policy, which he calls "the nuclear option." Essentially, you delete all your Google accounts. You lose everything, though it's not entirely clear what Google gets rid of when you hit "delete." What is clear is that the company will no longer complile new information about you.
The video does not mention that you need an account to see if they have been collecting your history. And you need an account to erase any history they may have. I am not certain I do not somehow have an account, but I do not want one. And I do not want to share information with them to get an account to see if they have been collecting stuff on me. They are creepy!
I understand, they take a knowing of which people finding for google brain or gov. if this is true, I can't find your name forever milf
To think we all used to get upset because we could not delete the "index.dat" file stored by Microsoft. Sheesh
I'm broke, I cheated on my taxes once, I had an innapproproate relationship with a girl at work once. Or twice. There, I'm all out there now. Like a band-aid.
if you don't want Google having any of your info i can show you a charming cave on the dark side of the moon you can move into. it's fresh all year round
Simple – don't sign up for their services. You have to sign up and sign in. Don't be stupid and accept cookies on your system expect where absolutely necessary and accept session only cookies. If you are going to give them all of your information – and for free, why not take off all of your clothes and run around the neighborhood naked with your social security number and drivers license written across your chest?
Like in the portergeist, that litle girl said, "they're her!" and yes, they're here and all over..... the administration has sanctioned all these that is why they can do it and without interruption. Watch out! soon, they will also take your first born.... your house... tax you over 50% to fund their whims.... and then annihilate 50% of the worlds population.... stop fooling yourself.... it's time to get up and smell the coffee.... you're next....
For your next article, please explain how we can disable the Quantcast and AudienceScience tracking on CNN.
GET RID OF GOOGLE NOW!!! SEND THEM A LOUD AN CLEAR MESSAGE!!!
I for one remember the pre-google web. I'll take the google world every time.
Sorry that your reduced gray matter does not allow you to see the point. Perhaps in the next life?
Actually, I remember Altavista.com worked very well and included translation.
What amazes me? That everyone only now get worked up with Google's stance on privacy.
Try using NoScript on Firefox. I have yet to see a site without Google Analytics pop up in NoScript for blocking. Also why the maker of NoScript could not design an adequate version for Chrome. Google cripples it for their ad services. They've always wanted to track everyone.
Google Analytics tracks your browsing habits, and has been doing so for almost a decade.
Finally a voice that speaks with knowledge and common sense instead of fear and panic!
What many people do not realize is that Apple does the same thing generally as Google when it comes to gathering and collating personal data. And why not? There is money to be made with the results. "Rumor" has it that Apple's operations are much more advanced, both in terms of technology and effectiveness, than Google's. Smartphone service providers and handset manufacturers are also gathering also details for the same reasons as the phone OS providers. All this is expected because the companies are for-profit concerns.
You want to know what these folks are gathering in your dossier? Read the license agreement in detail instead of just glossing over it and selecting Accept. Also do a little research and learn how you are being tracked and what you can do to minimize or alter the data that is collected about you.
I use NoScript now, and am appalled at the number of sites you would THINK are safe, but are tracking your every move.
If you have Gmail accounts, use a mail app, like Thunderbird or whatever.
For the rest, just don't log in to Google and set the in Options to delete all your cookies when closing the browser. I only logged in to avoid getting too much FoxNews crap in Google News, but now I just use a Murdock Block extension.
Use Firefox with AdBlock Plus, then you'll never see any advertising, no matter if it's personalized or not.
Also install the Firefox Ghostery AddOn to block all trackers, this site here for example has 7 trackers that I block. (Audience Science, DoubleClick DART, FaceBook Social Plugins, Outbrain, Quantcast, Twitter Button, WordPress stats)
As for more fishy stuff, just use the TOR browser to surf to those sites.
And use more private search engines such as duckduckgo or ixquick.
We are seeing the ever present fact of our dissolving privacy. Google youtube fox and countless other 'media' outlets are controlled and manipulated by few organizations that seek to undermined individual liberty. This is one of the steps to the Orwellian ideas of control by the state. In very little time we shall see the federal government instating its will on the people through complete control of these organizations. This will quell any and all decent against the 'system' or 'state' by targeting people as 'enemies of the state' even though no infraction has occurred. The NEW WORLD ORDER is coming folks do not be fooled. Even CNN is not 'liberal media' it is a conglomerate that includes 'liberal' and 'conservative' influences meaning BOTH affiliations of respective ideology are controlled by the same organization and effectively the same people. 'Any society that gives a little liberty for a little security deserves neither and shall lose both' ... You must see through the guise of controls set in front of you and question whether or not what is being told to you is the truth or just one side of the story. Wake up America..... we are being manipulated into mindless sheep who are pasifists unless told otherwise by our 'media' and 'leaders' think for your self !!! "They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that . . . "- George Carlin
2% of the population own 50% of all the assets in this world.
And another 2% wear tinfoil hats.
Privacy doesn't bother me... I'm an exhibitionist, and enjoy being watched... :)
It's OK. Once a day I google "Twinkie" and then log onto Sports Illustrated. Now they just think I'm Jerry Sandusky.
Google search results are soooo bloated with sponsered links that they have become useless...results are driven towards my ip address and finding new and interesting websites is virtually impossible.
Of course, you can use separate browsers, which don't share cookies. For example, you can use gmail on Chrome and youtube on FireFox and they won't talk to each other.
Dude, the browsers talk to Google, not to each other. Using separate browsers doesn't solve anything.
Unless, of course, you are signed in while using both services...
Wouldn't the "the nuclear option" be to stop using google altogether?
And most importantly, don't forget to cancel all your Google accounts. If everyone did that, this worldwide invasion of privacy would be over in a few days,
Nuked my Google account 2/29/12. Haven't picked a different search engine yet, Bing is bloody awful and Yahoo isn't much better.
Since when has surfing or using the internet become private? Since when has driving around in a car with at number plate become private.
Yeah, but before, nobody knew when i drove up to Overlook Mountain to spend some time with my favorite gal in my car. Now they will.
Matt we've been spying on you both from Google Earth. Sorry but she has a full time man when your not there. Wasn't going to share that with you but oh well your easy to track carrying that Google phone.
Teaching individuals what you KNOW is a good tuohght, but spreading rumors and half truths is not fantastic for everyone. I hope you do a small additional study ahead of you post your subsequent article or blog post. It's one particular factor to be naive but this is downright silly.
I would not mind it if Google paid me a portion of what they are making "off" me as I search with their products. They are going to make more money from advertisers with this new service.
Actually, you CAN get paid by Google. Just set up an Adsense account and you'll get paid everytime someone visits one of your sites where you ignorantly complain that your privacy is somehow being invaded. It's unbelievable the level of stupidity that exists about this subject...and the major media players (NBC, CNN, etc.) are all playing into it – probably because they hate the fact that Google generates more revenue in one day than they do in half a year. If there were any real journalists left in this country, they could actually educate people on what this policy means (virtually nothing) and could quell some of the idiotic paranoia.
Of course, it's these media types that spawned said paranoia to begin with.
The uproar does not make sense to me. If you are not logged in to your google account when you do a google search, etc. then they won't be combined. Who sits there logged in to google all day? I get in, check my mail, then log out.
I understand a little what people seem to be frightened of, but this is very minor compared to facebook reading the texts off of your phone and sending them back to their database. Seriuosly, these companies do a lot worse things like bypass your browsers security to track you. This latest change by google is not nearly as bad as the things these companies do to track you. Even your grocery store is tracking you. If you don't want your information tracked then sadly you will have to revert to nothing but paper money and stop using the internet.
You are already being watched.
They track to your IP address with this new policy. You don't need to be logged in – just a simple google search associates to you.
They've always logged ip address but that alone does not associate a user, at best it's a general piece of data since DHCP and single ip address gateways make ip tracking in and of itself only a general location guide. They do however store cokies on your computer and can use that whether you're logged in or not and can associate that with your user data, so no you don't need to be logged in for them to collect surfing data. The only significant change with the new policy is that they've combined their data into one source rather than having independent sources for each service.
GET RID OF GOOGLE NOW!!!
Today I uninstalled ALL Google products installed on my computers using the Windows "Add or Remove Programs" removal tool.
I also removed and disabled all Google Add-ons and extensions on all browsers and removed the Google Toolbars from ALL browsers (Firefox, IE and Opera). Furthermore, I went to "google.com/history" and DELETED all history entries and opted out of the history tracking option.
From today onward, I will never, ever use the Google search engine again. They are history. I had that Google Toolbar for many years. But once I removed it all of my browsers load 5 times faster.
This is the only language these unscrupulous greedy pinheads understand. Hit them where it hurts to remind them WHO is in control. Get these seedy, greedy brain-dead mentalities out of your life and see how fast your browser flies without them.
I also removed all Facebook links and blocked the "facebook.com" root link in all my securities settings.
Take charge! Send them the message they most need to hear. And REMEMBER - they need YOU - you do NOT need them. It's imperative that everyone realize this and communicate this to these sleazy vultures with authority.
GOOD FOR YOU!!!
So if you dont have a Google account, but use Google Search occasionally, there is no history recorded?
I like Turtles!!!
More helpful would have been a list of private web search sites. There are many, but you can't google them.
So what happens when your not signed in? Can I still search using google and not have to worry about my every thought being indexed in a super database somewhere?
This whole thing is stupid...Ever notice how they treat the info they collect? Buy a TV and they target you with more TVs. I bought a printer, and guess what? Yep, ads for more printers. Just bought a house? I can send you a list of more houses you can buy. Just stupid.
why would u provide real info for a youtube account or a gmail account etc etc etc.... cant fix stupid. stupid is as stupid does......
the homepage article name
The link to this page off the main website isn't even spelled correctly...as of 10:36am anyway. Geez CNN, learn to spell.
It was spelled wrong on the link to get here, but correct inside the blog.
As of 11:32 a.m. Eastern, the headline on the homepage is "How to turn of Google Web history"
You need to be signed in for gmail and google+, but youtube and google search can be accessed without signing in. If you are concerned, use private browsing for google search and youtube.
in the email lol
Just don't sign in to Google – it's that simple people !
learn how to spell "off."
Where do you see the word "off" in the post?
on cnn's home page
He's referring to the come-on link on the main CNN page. It's clearly misspelled as "How to turn of Google Web history". At first I thought, "Spell check, CNN, spell check". But spell check wouldn't catch that; this time it's actually required that the brain filter be firmly engaged.
Really...there is more important things in this then the correct way to spell "off"
it says 'of' instead of 'off' in the link on the main cnn page
CNN's link to this post on their main page is "How to turn of Google Web history"
That's the point. Off isn't listed as it's misspelled.
The headline reads "turn of Google history"...
The link from the main page says (or said, if CNN corrected it) 'How to turn of Google Web History"
I just checked it now, and they fixed it. Typo.
Yes, the link on the CNN homepage has a typo. Who reviews these things before publishing them?
And speaking of Google, I'm closing all my accounts because this is the corporation equivalent of spying on people.
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