Google Introducing Auto-Delete Controls for Location History and Activity Data
Maybe you should know or maybe not, but it is true that Google is controlling and monitoring your search behaviour. But now you may be supervised that you can restrict Google to stop tracking you. David Monsees, Product Manager Search, announced that Google is introducing auto-delete controls for Location History and activity data.
So when you turn on settings in Google Account, the search engine can track your location history, Web & App data, which makes them to helpful for users. Google want to keep your data private and secure, but after received user’s feedback – they are rolling out new auto-delete controls feature for Location History and activity data to manage or delete it.
How To Use Google Auto-Delete Controls Feature?
Google explained that how you can use Auto-Delete Feature and turn on/off controls for Location History and Web & App Activity. If you want to delete all or some part of data manually, Google make it easy for you to manage or remove that data.
After this new feature complete rolled out, you can set auto-delete controls and set a time limit for how long you want your activity data to be saved, like for 3 or 18 months. The older Data will be automatically delete from your account on an ongoing basis. These controls are coming first to Location History and Web & App Activity and will roll out in the coming weeks.
Google said “You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you–and we’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen.”
It’s sound really good but keep in mind, Google’s mobile apps tracking location data even when your mobile devices are off – no matter you’ve opted into Location History. According to survey New York Times, the US law enforcement agencies officially use ‘data mining‘ for criminal investigations.
Soon you will be able to setup auto-delete feature for Location History, and later on set for Web & App activity. But if you don’t like that Google track your every movement, you can turn off location history entirely.
How To Enable Google Auto-Delete Controls Feature:
- If you want to enable it, sign into your Google account
- Click on your profile picture and the Google account button.
- Click On Manage Data Personalization At Left Side Bar
- Click Web & App Activity
- Turn OFF (Pause) and un-check the Chrome history and activity from sites, apps, and devices that use Google services.
- Click on Manage Web & App Activity
- Delete Previous History
If you want to turn off Location history and other services, you have to do the same for video & audio activity, YouTube video search and watch history in the same way.