Ask.com, Search engine has added a link labeled “AskEraser” at the top right of their US homepage. If you turn on this feature, “your search activity will be deleted from Ask.com servers”.
Ask defines your search history as “your IP address, User ID and Session ID cookies, as well as the complete text of your search query.” If AskEraser is disabled on the other hand, that search history will live on Ask’s servers for 18 months, somewhat similar to how Google say they treat it by default.
An interesting caveat to AskEraser, as the FAQ on the subject disclaims: “Even when Ask Eraser is enabled, we may store your search activity data if so requested by law enforcement or legal authority pursuant to due process. In such case, we will retain your search data even if AskEraser appears to be turned on.”[google blogoscoped]
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