A new feature from Google now allows your location and other data to be auto-deleted every 3 or 18 months. While Google has always allowed you to disable the tracking of your location and searches or erase your location history, there are often many benefits to Google having this data.
By keeping track of your location and search habits, Google is able to make suggestions about a restaurant you might enjoy or suggest when you should leave for work. It is only able to do this because of the information you have allowed it to gather.
However, in an ever more privacy-minded society, Google's gradually realizing that there is a balance to be had between saving everything or nothing. With this new feature, you'll get the benefits of personalized suggestions but without Google having years of your data on file. The new auto-delete feature is not currently available, but it will be rolling out first for Location History and Web & App Activity within the coming weeks.
It is great to see Google offering new ways for its users to manage the data it collects on us, especially after the recent report of how police are using Google Maps Timeline to collect information for cases.
In the meantime, if you want to manually delete your search activity, you can access it by going into the Google app on your phone, tapping more, choosing search activity, tapping on the hamburger button in the top left corner, choosing delete activity by, and then selecting by product or by date. You can also follow these instructions to delete your Google Maps history.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Do you think the Pixel 4 is still worth getting?
The Pixel 4 is quickly coming up on its one-year birthday. Now that the phone has been out for a few months, do you think it's still worth getting?
Review: Wireless charging adds little value to the Fire HD 8 Plus tablet
Thanks to the pandemic and other important world events, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus wasn't released with much fanfare, but it was released with a fair amount of excitement and promise. This is because it offers wireless charging, in addition to a number of other improvements. But is it worth getting over the regular Fire HD 8?
Samsung's next budget phone might arrive with a whopping 6800mAh battery
Samsung could soon launch its first phone with a 6,800mAh battery. Expected to be called the Galaxy M41, the upcoming phone is also rumored to have a hole-punch display and triple rear cameras.
Charge faster than ever with these fast chargers for the Fire HD 8 (2020)
Amazon finally smartened up and brought both USB-C and fast charging capabilities to the new Fire HD 8 (2020). As the rest of the world has largely moved away from microUSB, this is a long overdue change, but a welcome one nonetheless. Now that you'll get fast charging on your Fire HD 8 (2020), you'll need a great fast charger and these are our favorites.