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Kim Komando column: How to protect your privacy on Google

2:55 PM, May 19, 2013
Every Google search you've ever performed is stored on the search giant's servers. However, you can keep a lower profile and put a little more distance between your personal data and Google by making a few changes.
Every Google search you've ever performed is stored on the search giant's servers. However, you can keep a lower profile and put a little more distance between your personal data and Google by making a few changes.
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Do you know every Google search you've ever performed is stored on the search giant's servers? And that data is cross-linked to your search data from YouTube, Google Maps and any other Google services you use.

With that mountain of information, Google can tell a lot about you: where you live, your hobbies, age, health problems, religion and more.

Of course, Google uses that data mostly to target you with ads. If you spend 20 minutes doing research on a gadget, for the next few weeks you'll probably be hounded by ads for that gadget wherever you go online. ...

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