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.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Wan-Bissaka’s move to Manchester United confirmed
United will pay an initial £45m for the England Under-21 worldwide , with a further £5m in add-ons based on appearances. I think I will improve every step and learn different things around new team-mates. "I started out as a striker".

Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops recalled over possible fire hazard
Apple is urging customers to stop using the laptops and schedule a service appointment to have the battery replaced at no cost. Apple recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2015, and we now know this is based on just a couple of dozen incidents, none serious.

Libyan Forces Claim to Take Key Town From Rival Army
On 4 April, Haftar launched a military campaign to occupy Tripoli and oust the Libyan government. Gharyan is also home to field hospitals and there is a helicopter base outside the town.

Supreme Court Throws Out Ruling That Blocked Florida Cross on Public Land
But the five conservative justices sent strong signals they want to undo long-standing precedents they think were wrongly decided. They argued that Hispanics and immigrants in particular will refuse to fill out the census form, distorting the count.

Other news