Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

How To Delete Your Search History Off Google's Servers

How To Delete Your Search History Off Google's Servers

Google has a LOT of data on us all, however these new controls appear to also make it a lot easier to clear that data away when you decide you don't want them to have it - putting the power back in your hands.

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. Google has been reeling under pressure over a Google+ privacy flaw that left hundreds of thousands of users exposed to hacking. 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. "I'm glad they're making the settings a little easier to find, but the settings they present you with still don't give users the controls they deserve". Earlier, users had to go to their Google account to manage their search data, review it, and delete search history. Here's what you need to know.

Eric Miraglia, the company's director of product management, privacy and data protection, said Search is the first in a new strategy to help make it easier for users to make decisions about their data, before moving on to Maps and other Google products next year.

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The investigation of Google+ was part of a larger internal review that prompted Google to overhaul some of the privacy features at a company that, until recently, has largely avoided the high-profile controversies that have engulfed tech firms like Facebook. Certainly, having a call-to-action on its desktop home page, and a menu option within the mobile experience, will make this more top-of-mind for Google searchers.

Google uses your search data to show you relevant ads, personalized search results, and suggestions.

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. Google plans to eventually expand the privacy features to other products, such as its mapping applications.

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