Google now introduces automatic removal for the activity and location history


Google appears to have taken another bold step towards the privacy of users. After many criticisms for the collection and abuse of user information, they have now decided to enable users to have privacy controls. Google has announced that it has started auto-deleting controls to manage activity data and location history for users.

New auto delete controls for user privacy

As recently announced in a blog post, Google now offers users auto-delete controls. These checks enable users to better manage their privacy with respect to activity data and location history.

Google has already provided the users with the options to control their privacy manually. With these options, you can activate or disable location history and the logging features of the web and app activity. The new auto-deletion options will however make it easier for users as stated by Google:

“We’re announcing auto-delete controls that make it even easier to manage your data.”

Using the new options, users can set a certain length for which their data can be stored. You can select this duration for 3 to 18 months. Any data that exceeds the specified limit is wiped automatically.

New options for rolling out soon

Google usually tracks different user information. These details include Google searches, installation of Android apps, usage logs, history of browsing and location data. These details are meant to help Google make its products user-friendly.

Nevertheless, they introduced new options in light of their feedback on this data. Google seeks to make it easier for users to manage their data privacy through the release of these automated controls.

“You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you.”

They also promise to continue to offer better options to users.

“We’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen.”

Users will soon be able to access the new features. Until then, your location history and activity data logs can be manually controlled. Last month, Google also announced a new policy manager for Google ads.

Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas is the Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Cybers Guards. Prior to that, She was responsible for leading its Cyber Security Practice and Cyber Security Operations Center, which provided managed security services.