Q. Is it true that Google keeps a record of every search I’ve ever made? If so, is there any way to clear my search history? And what the heck are they doing with all my information?
-Victoria from Bakersfield, CA, listens to my national radio show on KERN 1180 AM
A. It’s true, Victoria. Google stores every search, including searches on Google services like YouTube and Maps.
When you think about it, Google can learn a lot about you from just a handful of searches. Your location, age, shopping habits, hobbies, medical conditions – it’s all up for grabs.
Google uses this information to customize your search results and generate those targeted ads you see around the Internet.
But it’s not just ad companies getting access to your information. If you’ve been following my Breaking News page, you know that Google regularly shares your information with the government, too. Click here to stop the NSA from spying on you.
Now there’s word that Google will soon be using people’s names and faces to further “personalize” targeted ads. As you can imagine, lots of folks aren’t too keen on the idea of their face showing up in ads. Click here to find out how to stop Google from using you in ads.
If you don’t want Google to track your searches, there are steps you can take to secure your information. I’ll show you how to delete your search history and stop Google from recording your every move.