Google now lets you auto-delete your location history and activity data

To prevent this scary situation, Google has come up with a new feature called auto-delete Location History data, which will remove the same from Google accounts directly from within the Android smartphones. In an official post the company said, "You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you-and we're committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen".

From now on, the users can choose to automatically delete their location history and web/app activity every 3 or 18 months.

Data protection on Android devices will get a boost as Google has rolled out a new feature where there is an automatic deletion of past information stored on your device about your location etc.

Well, it's not the easiest task to spot the "location history" option in your Google account page. You will only need to change these settings if you want to adjust the auto-delete frequency or disable it. Google has laid out everything neatly, but it still takes a minute or two to find the option you're looking for.

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The statement went on to say that Google looked forward to working with the CCI and demonstrating how "Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less".

Location tracking and web and app activity history on Google remains until users manually delete them by default and the tech behemoth asserts this is to improve user experience, search personalisations and ad targeting. The review acknowledged that Chrome offers users many adjustable privacy settings, but, Fowler wrote, "its controls often feel like a shell game that results in us sharing more personal data".

  • Delia Davidson