How to quickly delete your Google search data

26 October, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Google Brings Privacy Controls a Little Closer to Search

Google's updated privacy tools have been seemingly created to let users be a little more aware of their search history and give them the control to delete it faster without having them to go deep into settings.

The move comes amid increased concern about how the public's data is handled by big tech companies, most recently in the case of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Google rolled out the first step for privacy and security earlier this year when it says it put that information front and center; now the search giant is making easier for users to see how their data is used from directly inside Google products, starting with Search.

The change is being introduced to the desktop and mobile web versions of Google Search today.

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In the wake of that incident, Google announced plans to shut down Google+ and promised to give users "more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app". But clearing the activity data that's on Google's servers has never been especially easy - deterring many users from clearing the record of their darkest desires and favourite bad memes. There's also quick access to Activity Controls, where a user can adjust what information Google saves to their account and uses across Google services.

To delete the search information this company has stored about you, go to Google.com on your iPhone, iPad or another computer.

"A lot of things with Google start with search; it's a good test bed where we see a lot of our users", said Miraglia. There are alternatives that don't track you - like DuckDuckGo - but if you enjoy using Google search, you can stick with it while periodically deleting your search history. On the mobile web experience, "Your data in Search" will be a persistent menu item on the home page as well as on results pages. Updates to Android and iOS apps will be implemented in the next few weeks.

Other privacy controls such as disabling ad personalization will also now be easier to reach. Second, users will be able to react more quickly to ads they don't want to see.

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