First announced in June, Ask.com has officially launched AskEraser, a service that will not only delete your search history, but likely some of Google’s fan base as well.Visitors to Ask.com will now see “AskEraser” in the upper-right-hand corner of the Web site. When clicked on, the following message appears:
“Do you want to turn on AskEraser?
AskEraser is a new privacy feature from Ask.com. When AskEraser is enabled your search activity will be deleted from Ask.com servers.
You’ll know this privacy feature is enabled when you see the indicator “AskEraserâ€ºOn” at the top of an Ask.com page. Personalization features on Ask.com will be disabled when AskEraser is on…”
According to the gang at Ask, turning on the service will, “completely delete your search queries and data from Ask.com servers, including: your IP address, User ID and Session ID cookies, as well as the complete text of your search query – all within a matter of hours.”
Once you agree to use AskEraser your computer will (ironically) remember your selection and will apply the setting when you visit Ask Images, News, Blogs, Video, and Maps & Directions.
Google has been under the gun over privacy issues. While this feature doesn’t promise search results as good as Google’s, it does offer something different. Absolutely no search records will be retained. Users like alternatives.
If you’re really really quiet you can hear civil liberties groups rejoicing.