Google makes it easier to wipe your search history

Google Brings Privacy Controls a Little Closer to Search

Google Brings Privacy Controls a Little Closer to Search

As long as a user is signed into their account, they will be able to access their search data without having to go to their Google Account page and click through to the "Personal info & privacy" settings.

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. "Additionally, you can access your Activity Controls to decide what information Google saves to your account and uses to make Search and other Google services faster, smarter and more useful", writes Google's director of product management, Eric Miraglia.

This new control is available on mobile and desktop today, but won't hit the Google App on Android or iOS for a couple of weeks.

Before Wednesday, you had to pop into your Google account to manage this data.

The company has also clashed with lawmakers this year over Google's refusal to send a top executive to testify before the U.S. Senate intelligence committee.

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As we know, Google keeps a log of everything you search for on its search.

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.

The update follows recent revelations of a Google+ bug that left the private information of about 500,000 users open to third-party developers. The internet search giant will now enable you to review or delete your search activity within Google Search, and quickly get back to finding what you were searching for.

On the web, the same page is accessed by clicking on "Settings" in the lower right corner of the page, and then, again, choose "Your data in Search". You can check your sign-in security, change payment methods, and dig into the data contained within all your Google services. Google plans to eventually expand the privacy features to other products, such as its mapping applications.

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