Google Beefs Up Privacy With Incognito For Maps, YouTube Auto-delete

Posted: Oct 3 2019, 7:28am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google beefs up privacy with Incognito for Maps, YouTube Auto-delete

Google is stepping up its privacy and security features.

Amid tighter consumer and regulatory scrutiny, Google has rolled out new measures to improve privacy and security of users of its apps.

The updates include an incognito mode for Google Maps and the expansion of the auto-delete feature for YouTube.

The incognito mode has been available on Google's Chrome browser since 2008. But over the recent years, there has been a strong demand for Google to expand the feature to its other products.

In May, Google heeded to these calls and introduced incognito mode on YouTube, promising to launch it on Maps and Search in the future.

True to its word, Google has now made incognito available on Google Maps, making it possible for users to disable saving data including the places users search for. To do this, head on to the menu that appears when you tap your profile photo. The feature will start rolling out this month on Android devices, and later on Google Maps for iOS devices.

With the latest update, Google also expanded the auto-delete feature to YouTube. Back in May, auto-delete was made available in searches and the websites that people browsed. Now, the auto-delete function is coming to YouTube so that users can set a time period to keep their data. Those beyond the set time period will automatically be deleted.

Apart from those two major changes, Google also announced that Google Assistant will be able to share information to users whenever they ask about how Google stores user data.

Soon, Google said it will also roll out an update that would allow users to control their privacy by voice by simply saying: things like “Hey Google, delete the last thing I said to you” or “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you last week.”

"We’re constantly working to improve the products that billions of people use, right now. We’re also looking to the future so that teams at Google, and other organizations, can build new products and develop new engineering techniques, with privacy and security as core principles," Eric Miraglia, Director of Product Management, Privacy and Data Protection Office at Google, said in a blog post.

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