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Google to auto-delete search, YouTube, Web activity and location history

Vishnu Vasisht

Google has announced major changes to the storage of user information. Since June 24, the function of automatic deletion of information on YouTube, location history data, search and information has been enabled, as well as some security settings have been simplified.

About changes in the corporate blog, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said, "Function of auto-deleting data on YouTube is configured as follows: the retention period of information for new accounts and users who first turned on saving browsing history on YouTube will be 36 months".

Pichai said that such a period would allow the service to further form relevant recommendations based on the content viewed and listened to earlier. Registered users can still select a time range of 3 or 18 months for the auto delete option.

It is important that the new default retention periods will not affect products such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos, as these services were initially declared to be intended for unlimited secure storage of users' personal content.

As for location history, application history and web searches, the automatic deletion of this data from June 24 is on by default. Users can configure the function so that this data, including voice requests, is automatically deleted from Google after 3 or 18 months. The first time you turn on location history tracking, application history, and web search, it will automatically delete data after 18 months. At any time, the user can disable this option or select a different time interval for automatic data deletion.

Soon, users who are logged in to their Google account will be able to change their security settings directly in Google Search. Switching to incognito mode will become even easier: to enter or exit this mode, you will need to press and hold the profile photo. The function is already available in Google applications and Google Maps for iOS, and in the near future it will appear in other applications. The company also announced the simplification of privacy settings, providing them with recommendations with tips.

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