Starting tomorrow, March 1, Google is unifying its privacy policies to share the data it collects about users between all of its products. That means your web searches and sites you visit will be combined with other Google products like Google+ and YouTube. If you’d rather avoid that, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reminds us you can remove your Google search history and stop it from being recorded.
Turning off search history is one of the top Google settings you may already know about anyway if you didn’t want Google recording any sensitive searches (health, location, interests, religion, etc.), but with Google becoming more like AOL these days, now’s as good a time as any to check if you’ve got your web history paused or not.
If you’re not logged into Google already, log in. Then, go to https://www.google.com/history. Click “Remove all Web History” and “OK”. Doing so will pause the recording of your searches going forward until you enable it again.
Sorry if this looks familiar. We’re re-posting as a reminder before the new policy goes into effect tomorrow.