Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

How to Set Google to Automatically Delete Your Search History

How to Set Google to Automatically Delete Your Search History

As with before, you can also "pause" location tracking by visiting Google's Activity Controls page, then disabling the Location History toggle. Google gets a lot of flack for regularly tracking users' location history and web/app activity, and today, the search giant is introducing a new tool to give you better control over how long it has access to that information.

To turn it on, visit your Google account's Activity Controls page and click "Manage Activity" under the Web & App Activity and Location History sections.

Google has a reputation for harvesting every bit of data it can get from its users. Now we're finally getting the official roll out so you can finally have an auto delete of the data every few months or so instead of manually deleting things whenever you keep in mind to or just choosing not to turn on the data collection at all. I'd ask why wouldn't you want to? Android Q beta already offers system-wide dark mode but not on third-party apps.

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This is a useful middle-of-the-road option, that lets the company collect your location history and activity data, but forces it to auto-delete them after either three or 18 months. Right now the options are 3 or 18 months, but the default is indefinite unless you change it.

Earlier in January, France's data protection agency, the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL), had announced a fine of €50 Mn ($57 Mn) on Google citing the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the first time.

In a privacy-focused review of Google's Chrome Web browser, The Washington Post's technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler discovered more than 11,000 requests for tracker "cookies" across a week of Web surfing.

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