Wednesday , December 22 2021

By default, Google automatically clears YouTube, search, and location history for some users

Google is introduction A handful of new privacy-oriented tools, like Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post, that the company's products should "only keep information as long as it is useful and helpful to you."

The new functions include the standard automatic delete function. Last May, Google launched a new tool that users can use to automatically delete their location and search history data. In their Google account, users can specify that Google should delete their history after three or 18 months. The company later expanded this function to YouTube. As of today, Google will set automatic deletion as the default for some users.

For people who turn on their location history for the first time (off by default), the auto-delete option is set to 18 months by default, while web and app activity (including search) is set to 18 months by default for new accounts. For YouTube history, automatic deletion is set to 36 months by default for new accounts or for those who activate their YouTube history for the first time.

The user can change these default settings in their settings so that automatic deletion is completely deactivated or the time frame is set to three months.

Above: Change auto-delete options in Google Account

It's also worth noting that those whose location history, web and app activity, and YouTube history are already enabled have not changed any of their settings. However, Google said that it "actively" reminds them of the automatic deletion option via in-app notifications and emails.

Elsewhere, Google also makes it easier to access incognito mode. In fact, incognito mode has been built into the Chrome browser for more than a decade, however in 2018 The company added YouTube, followed by Google Maps a year later, so users can temporarily prevent their search activity from being saved in their Google account. As of today, users can access incognito mode in the Google app for iOS and later in Android by long-pressing their profile picture in Search, Maps and YouTube. Previously, it could only be accessed by clicking on the main menu behind the profile photo.

In addition, Google said it was working on a tool that would allow it to remain in incognito mode in all Google apps. However, it has not been announced how this will work or when it will be available.

Above: Activate incognito mode by long pressing the account profile picture

Other updates include a new mechanism for accessing Google Account controls through Google Search. For example, a user may shortly search for "Google Privacy Checkup" to bring up a custom dialog that guides them through the process of optimizing their settings.

Above: Google search for settings

Google also announced that Chrome’s Password Checkup extension, launched last year, will go under in the coming months and is part of the security screening service that the company first introduced in 2015. "Password Checkup" warns users if their login credentials for a website are available was involved in a data dump. According to Google, more than 100 million people have used the feature since it launched as an add-on to Chrome last February. Over the past few months, password verification has been built right into Chrome and into Google's password management tool, which is available for all accounts. This means that it is not necessarily required as a standalone Chrome extension.

After all, Google already launched its differentiated data protection library as an open source solution in September, which is about taking advantage of big data and at the same time protecting the privacy of people whose data is used. The library was initially limited to C ++, but Google has today confirmed that it will be expanded to include other programming languages ​​such as Java and Go.

About Nancie Clifford

Nancie Clifford is a housewife and loves technology. He writes on various websites.

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