Should You Delete Your Google Web History February 27, 2012Posted by Jussi Huotari in : business , add a comment
On Feb 22nd, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that “EFF isn’t happy with Google’s plan to expand its use of the information it gleans about you”. Helsingin Sanomat (the biggest newspaper in Finland) picked the story today and strongly suggests that you erase your Google web history now.
I don’t see how this policy change affects the well-known fact that if you choose to use Google’s free products, you agree that Google gathers data about you and uses these data to further develop the products, to provide a better user experience, and – yes – to serve accurately targeted ads.
However, having so many Facebook friends point out this story made me curious.
First, I went to see my personal web history at https://www.google.com/history. The list of my past searches sure is extensive, totaling to 24k searches or, on average, 13 Google searches every day for the past 5+ years.
Second, I Googled (irony?) to find out more. The first link explained the issue
Ok, I can see why that’s an issue for some. Maybe it should be an issue for us all? I am quite happy with having Google point out the links that I’ve visited in the past and push the interesting (for me) links up on the search results page.
I’m not going to delete my search history. Are you and if yes, I’d love to hear why?
P.S. If you want to save your search history before erasing it, there’s a tool for that at Data Liberation Front (that’s a Google product, btw)