Sunday, 16 December, 2018


Google and Facebook accused of secretly tracking users’ locations

Google Search history Google and Facebook accused of secretly tracking users’ locations
Melba Vasquez | 25 October, 2018, 16:17

First and foremost, you can now delete your search history without ever leaving Google Search.

It's the butt of many jokes, but your search history - as well as your browsing history - can be hugely revealing about you.

Google is also making it quicker to get to the Google Account area from Search, where users can access privacy controls, which include advertising settings and the ability to decide what information Google saves to people's accounts.

Within this new educational tool, users can review and delete Search activity (either the last hour, or all activity) and quickly access relevant privacy controls within their Google Account.

This isn't a massive change in the grand scheme of things, but it is the start of a new initiative that will make it easier to control your data directly within Google's products.

For that reason, the lawsuit against Google states that it is being deceptive and it's even implied that Google tries to keep user attention away from the "Web & App Activity" toggle. Google, after all, collects a lot of data on its users so it can serve those users with targeted ads. Google's intention with the new account experience is to surface the data from those apps in the apps themselves.

Before doing so, you can look over the search terms you've used (and the websites you've visited while searching).

Select Your data in Search. Just scroll up on the page to Your Search activity.

Click the Control your data in Google Search link (under Google Search and I'm Feeling Lucky buttons) on the Google homepage.

When will these privacy controls be available?

The changes will be rolling out to Google Search for desktop and mobile web browsers from today, and will find their way to the iOS and Android Google apps in the coming weeks. The company plans to introduce the function within Google Maps next year, then other Google applications after that.

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