Google’s auto-delete controls for Location History to start rolling out today

Google Auto-Delete Feature for Location History, Activity Data...

You can now ask the Google app on iOS to automatically wipe your location and activity history.

As with before, you can also "pause" location tracking by visiting Google's Activity Controls page, then disabling the Location History toggle. There, you'll find a prompt labeled "choose to delete automatically", where Google has listed two options for clearing the data: once every three months or once every 18 months. This new feature will enable the users to get rid of their data in an easier way.

Well, it's not the easiest task to spot the "location history" option in your Google account page. Remove the data, the quality of your Google experience goes - it's about finding a sweet spot that you're comfortable with. Or you can simply set it to delete manually whenever you want. Just open up your Google Account settings on a mobile device and open up the privacy section - these new tools should be visible today, or in the near future, depending on how quickly Google rolls them out. European Union regulators also fined Google $5 Bn past year after finding it guilty of compelling manufacturers to pre-install Google apps including Google Play and Google Chrome on Android devices. In most cases, they obtain your approval before collecting the data but a majority of users don't know what the approval is meant for.

The second option is "get off-route alerts" which gives a prominent alert to the user if the driver strays over 0.5km from Google's recommended route. You can then choose either 3 months or 18 months for your automatic deletion cycle.

Earlier in January, France's data protection agency, the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL), had announced a fine of €50 Mn ($57 Mn) on Google citing the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the first time.



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