What you may not have known is that Google is willing to share some of that information with you. That’s right. All your Google searches are now downloadable so you can know a little more about what Google knows a lot of about you.
Getting the download doesn’t take much work or hoop jumping, either. Log in to your Google account in Chrome, click over to the Account History page, click on the gear icon, and select download. What you’ll get is the proper notification that your browsing history is sensitive and shouldn’t be downloaded to a public PC, and that Google isn’t responsible for what you do with the search history.
When the download is complete, Google will send you an email message with a link so you can download the data and view it yourself. Actually, this data lists only your search engine searches when you were logged into Google.
The question I have is simple. Why?
Why is google making such information known and available to users? It’s probably to ward off criticism from Data Liberation Front and other freedom fighters who object to how much Google knows about what we do, who we are, where we browse. After all, even without logging in to our Google accounts to search in Chrome, Google knows our internet IP addresses, follows our web browsing with AdSense ads, reads our email messages, and probably knows what we buy, and where we bought it, and how much we paid.
Your search history merely is a drop in the bucket of the vast amounts of data that Google collects about people while they’re online. What’s the best way to protect yourself from Google? Until Google promises to divulge all they know about me, to me and no one else, I won’t use Gmail, won’t use Chrome, and won’t use anything with a Google logo on it.