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Wed, Feb. 29th, 2012, 06:46 pm
Google History

As of tomorrow, Google is changing its privacy policy. I am not sure of all the details myself, but the primary take-away seems to be that all your various Google accounts -- Google+, Gmail, YouTube, whatever -- are connected.

Some people are freaking out about that. I did, for about twenty seconds, long enough to make one breathless Tweet... but, having caught my breath, it kinda makes sense to me. I mean, why have different account information for different parts of the same network?

But. There is a heck of a lot of web history out there for each and every one of us... and Google has it.

I followed these instructions to check out my stuff, and they had, at the very least, 11,000+ searches I've made going back to 2007. That in itself was a bit disconcerting.

There are a number of sources to figure out what precisely is happening and what to do about it, if anything. But I think, at the very least, you might want to consider scrubbing your Google web history, using the second link above as a guide. Seriously, can you remember what you were searching for in 2007?

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1494619.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Thu, Mar. 1st, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)

Makes me glad I never liked Google and rarely use it...