- Internal use
- Government laws and Law enforcement requests
Google will keep the records in web history indefinitely, with the web history turned off after 18 months they will be partially anonymized.
You can go to your Google Account and turn off the tracking of web history.
- Go to http://www.google.com
- Sign in to Google
- Click Account Settings
- In the Services section click on “Go to Web History”
At this point one of two screens show up. Either your web history, or an explanation of web history and a “turn on” or “no thanks” button option. If you have web history click on clear all web history. If you have the “no thanks” button click “no thanks” to keep it turned off.
This site[ii] has pictures.
If you have the web history screen and want to turn it all off then do the following:
- Click on Products on the left hand side.
- Click on the tiny blue button to edit the products listed.
- Click on “remove web history permanently”
It will then be turned off.
Do this for all of your Google accounts. When you sign into Google remove the check from the box that says to keep you signed in, and make sure to sign out when you are done using the application you are using at that time.
Here are step by step[iii] instructions for those who use YouTube with an account.
Links in article:
[i] Google Transparency Report (https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/governmentrequests/)