Google makes it easier to delete your search history

Ruben Fields
October 25, 2018

Now, you'll be able to open a side menu from the Google home page and tap on "Your data in Search".

Google says that before now the only way to access this data was to navigate directly to your Google Account's settings. The web giant claims it did so because there was no evidence that data was misused and no way to know who was affected, so it didn't deem a disclosure necessary.

If you aren't yet seeing the side menu on mobile, just go to google.com and you should see a "Control your data in Google Search" link just below the search box.

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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. It's rolling out today on Search for desktop and mobile web, with a Google App launch for iOS and Android happening at some point in the next few weeks.

As stated above, this is one part of a larger initiative to make your data and privacy controls easily accessible within Google's products.

Google is also releasing new YouTube videos explaining its privacy options. From Ad Settings, you can control the ads Google serves you; Activity Controls let you manage what information the company saves to your account and uses to improve its products. Additionally, it notes that it'll give the same treatment to Maps next year, along with "many other Google products". The company also recently updated its Privacy Policy, making it a lot easier to read and understand, a move spurred by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. You will, for example, be able to control things like whether you want Google to display personalised ads using your data.

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