Google makes it way easier to delete your search history

26 October, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Elena Summers
  • Google Brings Privacy Controls a Little Closer to Search

Users can delete recent search history within the Google search feature on desktop or mobile, without having to dig through settings. Google says in a blog post it will also provide speedy access to other privacy-related settings as you search, like letting you access ad privacy settings.

Google reveals underneath the option that selecting delete will erase activity data including search terms and the links that users activated on search results pages. Google reportedly declined to alert users about the flaw to avoid regulatory scrutiny, instead opting to quietly patch it in March. Now, you can find these review controls directly within Google Search. There's also quick access to Activity Controls, where a user can adjust what information Google saves to their account and uses across Google services. You'll be able to either choose to delete their data from the last hour or all of your search data.

Here's where you alter your privacy controls in search.

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Google director of product management in the Privacy and Data Protection Office Eric Miraglia told Wired said the idea is to start with Google Search and go from there. Ad personalisation can be similarly switched off. Google recently also had announced tighter privacy policies for third party apps on its Play Store.

As mentioned, Google Search on desktop and mobile get this quick access tools right away, and Android and iOS users will get it in the coming weeks. Both claim that the companies engage in deceptive practices, letting users believe that they have disabled location tracking, yet the data is still being "secretly" collected.

The move to make privacy settings more prominent comes at a time when Google is under an intensifying spotlight over privacy issues. In 2019, Google will expand these features to Maps, with many more Google services set to receive additional privacy features in the years to come.

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