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Toolbar Privacy Practices

When you use the Google Toolbar, you may be sending information to Google. The info that gets sent depends on what features of Toolbar you use.  

Any personal information that you send to Google or store in your Google account will be used and protected in accordance with the Google Privacy Policy.

Info that gets sent with basic features

Some features of Toolbar are turned on by default. When you use these features, some information will be sent.

What you send to Google

If you use Google Toolbar, it will send standard, limited information, including:

  • The uniform resource locator ("URL") of the webpage, if you have optional features turned on
  • The search query that you would like to perform
  • Your machine's IP address
  • One or more cookies.
  • Unique application numbers that are not associated with you or your Google Account.

This data is kept in Google's server logs and protected according to our Privacy Policy.

Note: To turn off sending URLs to Google and prevent suggestions from being shown:

  1. On your Toolbar, click Settings Settings .
  2. Select General.
  3. Check "Provide suggestions for incorrect or unavailable URLs"
  4. Click Save.
To prevent Toolbar from sending the letters and search queries to Google, turn off Search and Instant.

Info that gets sent with optional features

Some features of Toolbar are optional and send data to Google only if you turn them on.

If you sync Toolbar to Google, you are saving data to your Google Account.

What AutoFill sends to Google

AutoFill sends information about the web forms.

It doesn’t send:

  • Credit card information
  • Any text you type in the fields, unless you sync your data to your Google Account.
What Translate and Spell Check sends
  • Text you choose to be translated or spell-checked.
What My Location sends

My Location determines your location based on:

  • Your local network
  • Nearest Wi-Fi and/or the router

Websites will ask your permission to get your location. If you grant a website permission, Toolbar will ask Google for your current location. To find your location, Toolbar sends Google:

  • Hardware ID, such as MAC addresses
  • SSIDs of Wi-Fi access points
  • Hardware ID of the nearest connected router
  • Signal strengths of nearby access points
To manage the list of websites that can get your location, use Toolbar's Options menu.
What PageRank and +1 button sends
  • URLs of each webpage you visit
  • If you used the +1 button to recommend a webpage, this will be recorded and saved into your Google Account

Learn how to use +1 button.

If you do not want Toolbar to send usage and configuration statistics, turn off usage statistics.

Note:  Make sure to review a third party's privacy policy before you install a custom button or gadget.

Third-party websites, custom buttons, and gadgets that you choose to share your location and information with are not covered by Google's Privacy Policies.

Learn about Google Toolbar.

Learn about the Google Privacy Policy.

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