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Google's Creepy New Feature Lets You See Everything You Ever Searched

Google recently rolled out a new feature that has people talking.

What started as an experiment last year is now a terrifying new feature available to all Google searchers — aka everyone on Earth — the ability to see and download a user's entire search history.

No, thank you.

As per Google's blog, Google Operating System, to download the history, visit your Web history page, click on the gear icon in the upper-right hand corner and select “Download.” An identity verification box will appear (to ensure the user's search history isn't uploaded to a public domain).

Then, you'll click “Create Archive,” and everything you've ever searched will (shudder) be downloaded to a file called “Takeout,” which you can access via Google Drive.

Good news for folks who tend to stay logged out of their Gmail accounts: The feature can only track searches made when a user was logged into his or her Google account. So if you're, for example, not a Gmail user (if such a thing even exists) then you're probably safe.

The rest of us, however — not so much.

Luckily, with the bad comes some good: You can delete all of your history in a single click.

Head back to that Web history page, press the gear icon and select “Remove Items” — there's even an option to remove search histories from “the beginning of time.”

Then take a sigh of relief and never, ever search anything while logged into Gmail again — just to be safe.

Citations: See Everything Youve Ever Googled In One Terrifying Place (Time)

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Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.
Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.

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