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Google Offers Auto-deletion Tools for Location History and Activity Data

The past year’s data breach and privacy controversies have apparently gotten tech giant Google worried and for a good reason since they were the record holder of the biggest GDPR fine of 2018. Now Google has taken a pro-active approach to data control offering users auto-delete controls for Location History and Activity data.

“Auto-delete controls for Location History start rolling out today on Android and iOS, making it even easier for you to manage your data,” Google announced in a tweet.

Last year we covered what information Google gathers on you and you could say it’s a huge and creepy amount of data.

Read More: How Much Does Google Know About You and What You Can Do About It

If you’d rather disable all data gathering you can toggle off various data collection settings one-by-one. But if you don’t mind Google’s data collection as long as you have control over the process you can enable the new feature yourself.The auto-deletion tool offers the option to delete data every three or eighteen months, but if you want to delete data on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, you’ll still have to do it manually.

How to set-up auto-delete:

  1. Go to the Data & Personalization page on Google’s website.
  2. Select either Web & App Activity or Location History
  3. Click Manage Activity
  4. Click on Choose to delete automatically
  5. Choose either between 3 months or 18 months
  6. Click Next
  7. Click Confirm, and you’re good to go.

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