Google Will Now Let You Delete Your Search History More Easily

Google Search history

Google has just announced a new option that enables you to view and delete your Google search history, making it possible to take control of some of the data stored on the company's servers.

The move comes amid increased concern about how the public's data is handled by big tech companies, most recently in the case of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Before today, the best way to review and manage your Google Search data was through visiting your Google Account - this update makes everything easier to access and more transparent.

When a user uses Search, Google collects data which includes the terms one searches for, links one interact with and other information like the location from where the search is being made.

Users had to open the My Activity page after signing in to their Google account to delete some or even all of the records.

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"For example, to control the ads you see when you search, we give you access to your Ad Settings". You'll also be able to control if you want Google to store your web and voice data. All of this data is used by Google, and the company says that it isn't shared with any other third party.

Bear in mind that Google uses your search history to learn about you, so deleting the search history will make your search results less personalized.

First and foremost, you can now delete your search history without ever leaving Google Search.

As mentioned, Google Search on desktop and mobile get this quick access tools right away, and Android and iOS users will get it in the coming weeks. Being able to not only see your personal data, but also delete it, puts more control in the user's hands - where it should be. In 2019, Google will expand these features to Maps, with many more Google services set to receive additional privacy features in the years to come.

Privacy controls are easily accessible from this section as well.

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