Google's moves raise questions about 'don't be evil' motto

"I think in many ways some of the things Google has been doing lately might be rooted in a need to be an innovative, creative company trying new things," Reitman said. "However, the significant effects of these things on privacy can be quite extraordinary. Because so many people rely on them for services, it will affect millions of people. I think we have to hold companies that have this much data to a higher standard."

Google implements new personal data protection controls

The services will no longer be available to anyone who doesn't agree to the new policies but Internet users are not totally helpless and can take control of their own Google data protection by following a few useful tips.

Deactivate your web protocol: Google uses a so-called web protocol to personalize search results and ads. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommends users delete and deactivate their web history at

Examining Google’s privacy policy

EFF Senior Staff Attorney discusses Google's new privacy policy with reporter Mike Taibbi on NBC Nightly News.

Privacy brouhaha reveals Google's split personality

The Electronic Frontier Foundation called on Google today to include a Do Not Track option in Chrome, an option all the other major browsers provide, and for Google sites to respect Do Not Track requests from those other browsers.

Google's new privacy policy: what has changed and what you can do about it

Google does hand over user data in response to government requests on a regular basis, as noted in the company's Transparency Report. The EFF notes that disabling Web History "does not change the fact that any information gathered and stored by Google could be sought by law enforcement."

Google implements controversial new privacy policy

Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said, "This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more."

Google's new unified privacy policy explained

The digital rights group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, wants users to be aware of the potential threat to privacy.

How to prepare for Google's privacy changes

Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation has compiled a step-by-step guide to deleting and disabling your Web History, which includes the searches you've done and sites you've visited.

T-minus two days ...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a handy description (screenshots and everything!) of how exactly to do that. It's on my to-do list for this afternoon.

How To Remove Your Search History Before Google’s Privacy Policy Changes

This is a guest post from Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.


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