How to: Delete Your Data From Google

Google likely has a massive amount of your data stored. Google uses this data
to provide more relevant search results and recommendations. They are also making a fortune from that data. Although Google claims to never directly sell your data, the tech giant does monetize the data it collects. This is done in two different ways. The first is Google builds a profile based on specific demographics and interests and then sells access to advertise to users who fit that profile.

The second method is called "real time bidding". Real time bidding is the most
commonly used method of data selling, and happens in less than seconds. Many ad's aren't operated by the same people that operate the website itself. They are simply blank spaces in the website operators mind that are filled depending on who is visiting the site and who is paying to advertise. Real time bidding is the process of matching the user accessing the site to a paying advertiser.

This seems harmless until you take into account how hyper-specific those ads
can be due to the vast stores of data Google has on each user. This is even more worrying knowing that this data is being shared in order to entice a higher bid on each users ad space. This along with the knowledge that Google is selling your data to organizations like <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-agencies-use-cellphone-location-data-for-immigration-enforcement-11581078600" target="_self">ICE</a>
may convince you to delete your data from Google. If so, this is the guide for
you.

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<strong>Step one - Find Alternatives</strong>
</p>
<p>
Deleting your data from Google will do you no good if you immediately begin using
their products again. Some of the products are easy to replace, others it may
be wiser to just use in a way that tracks less data. The choice is yours, but
below are some common Google products and some great alternatives or methods
of surfing the web with greater privacy.
</p>
<p>
Chrome browser - Try Mozilla Firefox with the
<a href="https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature" target="_self">Do Not Track</a>
feature
</p>
<p>
Gmail - Try <a href="https://protonmail.com/" target="_self">ProtonMail</a>
</p>
<p>
GoogleDocs - <a href="https://cryptpad.fr/" target="_self">CryptPad</a> seems
great, but I personally use OneNote despite the cost and lack of a guarantee
that my data won't be used&nbsp;
</p>
<p>
Google.com - This is a tough one to do without. There are
<a href="https://itsfoss.com/privacy-search-engines/" target="_self">alternatives</a>
but if you're like me, you are too familiar with the Google search interface
to do without it.&nbsp;
</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
<strong>Step two - Disable tracking on any Google products and services you can't do without</strong>
</p>
<p>
&gt;Go to
<a href="https://myaccount.google.com/">https://myaccount.google.com/</a>
</p>
<p>&gt;Click Data &amp; Privacy&nbsp;</p>
<p>
<img src="/hc/article_attachments/4411541529613/G1.PNG" alt="G1.PNG" />
</p>
<p>&gt;Scroll down to the History settings and Ad Settings</p>
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<img src="/hc/article_attachments/4411547739789/G2.PNG" alt="G2.PNG" />
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<p>&gt;Disable anything that you no longer want tracked</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
<strong>Step three - Delete your search history from Chrome</strong>
</p>
<p>&gt;Open Chrome</p>
<p>
&gt;Click the three dots in the upper right hand corner&nbsp;
</p>
<p>
&nbsp;<img src="/hc/article_attachments/4411547740429/G3.PNG" alt="G3.PNG" />
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<p>&gt;Click Ctrl+H</p>
<p>&gt;Click Clear browsing data</p>
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<img src="/hc/article_attachments/4411541538189/G4.PNG" alt="G4.PNG" />
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<p>
&gt;Choose a timeline (I recommend "All time" if you are looking to delete all
data from Google)
</p>
<p>&gt;Confirm</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
<strong>Step four -&nbsp; Delete your Google accounts</strong>
</p>
<p>
&gt;Download your data from
<a href="https://takeout.google.com/">https://takeout.google.com/</a>
</p>
<p>
&gt;Go to
<a href="https://myaccount.google.com/">https://myaccount.google.com/</a>
</p>
<p>&gt;Click Data &amp; Privacy</p>
<p>
<img src="/hc/article_attachments/4411541529613/G1.PNG" alt="G1.PNG" />
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<p>
&gt;Scroll down to the More options section and click on Delete your Google Account&nbsp;
</p>
<p>
<img src="/hc/article_attachments/4411547749005/G5.PNG" alt="G5.PNG" />
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<p>&gt;Follow the instructions and delete your account</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
<strong>Step five - Delete your name and information from Google Searches</strong>
</p>
<p>
This step is not guaranteed by any means. The only real way to attempt this is
to remove your online presence entirely. You can also contact data-collection/brokerage
sites and other websites with information on you directly and work to remove
your information, but the process is difficult.&nbsp;
</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
<strong>Conclusion</strong>
</p>
<p>
It's impractical for many (including myself) to fully remove myself from mainstream
access to the internet in an effort to improve privacy. But simply knowing that
companies like Google are tracking and taking small steps to maintain some privacy
helps. Using alternatives when possible, deleting data often (you can set up
step three in way the periodically deletes your older data), and keeping in mind
that everything doen on the internet is tracked, analyzed, and sold all help
keep the world a bit more private.&nbsp;
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