Google says it will now automatically delete users’ search and location data after 18 months as part of a new privacy push. Previosly, the search comapny kept the information indefinitely.
But there is a catch: the change only applies to new Google accounts.
Existing accounts (and there are over a billion of them) will still have to manually set their own auto-delete option. You can choose from 3 months or 18 months before your search and location data self-destructs.
On YouTube, history will be set to automatically delete after 3 years by default. Google says this ensures relevant video recommendations.
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Here’s how to change how long Google keeps your personal search and location data before permanently deleting it from their servers:
1. Make sure you’re logged into your Google account, then go to myactivity.google.com
2. If you’re on a mobile device, tap the Menu button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to reveal more options. (If you’re on a desktop computer just skip this step)
3. Tap Activity controls.
4. Next, you’ll see the Auto-delete option. Tap to see your options.
5. Now, choose your preferred Auto-delete time frame, then hit Next.
6. On the next screen, hit Confirm to verify your selection.
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