Google Makes Sweeping Privacy Changes

Google follows Apple in asserting that your stuff is safe

All the Google services you use are changing the way they protect your privacy; knowing what and how they're changing will help you keep your personal information secure.

Google Activity Controls for auto-delete
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Google just updated its privacy tools across a variety of services including Search, YouTube, and Maps. It's a smart move, especially in the wake of Apple's own re-commitment to privacy and a world where data security is a major topic across the globe.

Auto-delete default: Google can already automatically delete your Location, Search, Voice, and YouTube activity data in three or 18-month intervals, but you had to opt-in. Now auto-delete is the default for all core Google activity settings. YouTube will be set to 36 months by default.

If you want to keep your history intact, you'll need to do that manually.

Easier access: Now you can get to the privacy checkup settings with a simple 'Google Privacy Checkup' in Search.

While you're there, Google will offer "proactive recommendations, including guided tips to help you manage your privacy settings."

Better yet, Google Incognito mode can now be enabled with a long press on your profile picture in Search, Maps, and YouTube on iOS (with Android coming soon).

Check your password: Google's Password Checkup tool, to check if any passwords you save to your Google Account have been compromised, will soon be integrated directly into your Google Account and Chrome. You'll no longer need to install an extension for this important service.

Bottom line: Your data is important, and should be kept secure. These tools are just another way to help make that happen, but you have to use them.

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