Google Lets you set Expiration for Location and Search Data
Google is rolling out a new account option that lets users specify how long to keep location history and web/app activity data. In addition to existing options to opt out or delete data manually, users can choose to keep data for three months or 18 months, after which it will be permanently deleted. The data in question is used for things like recommending a restaurant that you might enjoy, or helping you pick up where you left off on a previous search.
Mar 26, 2018
Facebook has been called out in recent days for storing, in some cases, years' worth of call logs and text messages from Android handsets. Users discovered the logs in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Oct 24, 2018
Google today rolled out new tools meant to give people more control over their personal data. Starting with Google Search, people will have direct access to their activity.
Aug 21, 2018
Google today unveiled a new version of Google Fit, its app for tracking fitness activities. Google says the revised app focuses on two activity goals based on recommendations made by the American Heart Association and World Health Organization: Heart Points and Move Minutes.
Sep 24, 2018
Google today said it wants to help people resume incomplete or old searches. The company is taking a couple of steps to make this happen.
Aug 13, 2018
Google defies the wishes of mobile device users and tracks their whereabouts even after people turn location history off, reports the Associated Press. An investigation conducted by the Associated Press found that many Google apps and services on both Android and iOS devices continued to pinpoint users despite their wishes to the contrary.