Google now lets you change privacy settings in Search itself

Noel Cummings
October 27, 2018

GOOGLE HAS JUST made it a little bit easier to wipe all that dodgy internet activity we know you did. All of this data is used by Google, and the company says that it isn't shared with any other third party.

These changes should be available for the desktop already, with Android and iOS mobile devices having to wait for the update to arrive in the coming weeks. Now, the procedure has become easy and convenient. 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.

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If you have all these settings set to "on", Google will collect data about you, including terms your search for, links you interact with and your location while searching. Furthermore, you can also decide what information Google stores about from the Google Accounts menu. The major intent behind these changes is because Google wants to revamp its privacy controls.

Head to myactivity.google.com on your desktop and sign in with your account (if you aren't already logged in).

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If you've ever gotten discouraged trying to find exactly where in Google's menus to view and edit your search history, Google hears you. From the resulting dropdown, choose Your data in Search. Moreover, Google is also working to bring the same functionality to other Google entities like Maps in 2019.

Let's face it, however careful we are, the idea of removing personal data from Google isn't second nature, and it can do far more potential damage there than sitting locally on a locked computer. Google took a small step toward increasing user privacy by making it much easier to delete your search history. Giant tech companies are taking measures to protect privacy by taking the issues such as earlier this year, Facebook has faced a major privacy scandal and its recent security breach.

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On the Activity Controls page that appears, turn off the "Web & App Activity" slider.

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