Browsers keep a history of websites we view online as well as our downloads, but did you know that Google also stores a log of what you search for, browse, or view online? However the good news is that if you’d rather not Google have a log of those details online, then you’ll be pleased to learn that you’ll now be able to delete them.
This is part of Google’s compliance with the new European privacy regulations known as the General Data Protection Regulation. According to Google, “As part of our GDPR compliance efforts, we’ve improved both the controls and the clarity of information in My Account so that people are better informed about how and why their data is collected.”
All users have to do to delete these logs is head on over to their “My Activity” page and click the three dots on the side and press delete. Users can choose to delete items individually, or if they want to do it completely there will be an option on the left panel that says “Delete activity by” in which they can choose the dates they want deleted as well as from which Google product/service, such as Chrome, YouTube, search, maps, and more.
In addition to this, Google will also be giving users more control over location history, web and app activity, and more, so this is something worth taking a look at if you’re particularly concerned about your privacy.