Google Makes It Easier to Review and Delete Your Search Data

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Users can also access their activity controls to decide what information Google saves to their account and uses to make Search and other Google services faster, smarter and more useful, said Eric Miraglia, director of product management, privacy and data protection office, Google.

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.

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Google is making it easier for users to control their privacy.

The function will be available on the Android and iOS Google apps within a few weeks, according to a Google blog post announcing the changes.

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Previously, the only way you could access your data and see how it is used was via your Google Account. Especially since that Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has been under heavy scrutiny for months now, and users seem generally more aware of - and concerned about - the fact that their location, interests, and even some discussions might not be very private. The company recently started providing a wide range of privacy controls for users with a Google Account, and it's now bringing some of those controls to Search. To delete all your Google search history, click the "Delete all Search activity" button.

The data includes more than just search terms - search keeps a log of everything you did while interacting with Google. Everything that gets entered into the search box or Chrome's omnibar somehow finds its way to Google servers where it can be logged and stored.

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Having been on the receiving end of numerous fines from European regulators, Google appears to be covering itself from future litigation as much as it is giving end users more control over their personal data. The company plans to introduce the function within Google Maps next year, then other Google applications after that.