Posted: 3 years ago

Google will Soon let you Auto-delete Activity and Location Data

Google says it will give people a new option to manage their personal data: Soon, they’ll be able to automatically delete their location history, web browsing and app activity data after a set period of time. There are two options—auto-delete every three months or every 18 months.

The company already lets people opt out of a lot of data collection, and the soon-to-debut auto-delete functions are actually a less radical option by comparison. As Fast Company says, “Given the value of location data for targeted ads, Google would clearly prefer that users not cut them off entirely. An auto-delete tool might help convince those users that such drastic measures aren’t necessary.”

Reminder: Google got flak last year for storing people’s location data—even after they told the company not to.