Google users can now easily review and delete their recent search visits

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The company launched a page at myactivity.google.com/privacyadvisor/search which will let you review your data and easily delete everything or everything for the last hour. For Search, this data includes the terms you search for, links you interact with and other information like your current location when you search. There, you will find the queries you asked Google recently and the option to delete them.

Visit the Google homepage on your desktop or mobile device where you're logged in, and then click on Settings Your data in Search.

Google has been harshly scrutinized over the way that it handles user data for years. The same controls will arrive for the users of Google's app on Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Moreover, Google is also working to bring the same functionality to other Google entities like Maps in 2019.

Google is also releasing new YouTube videos explaining its privacy options.

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Your iPhone does everything it can to protect your privacy, but using Google's services punches a gaping hole in that protection.

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The update follows recent revelations of a Google+ bug that left the private information of about 500,000 users open to third-party developers. Google has now scrapped the social network completely.

Google discovered and remedied the issue in March, but didn't publicly acknowledge the problem until it was reported in the media.

"It's a minor improvement", says Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports. This quick access has now also been extended to the ad settings and privacy controls which means that now the user can control the advertisement which they see from the search itself.

Google added this feature on October 24, 2018, but it's just the first step.

Previously, the only way you could access your data and see how it is used was via your Google Account. The ICO has led the European investigations into how such an amount of data - most belonging to USA and United Kingdom residents - could have ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that worked on Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign. The feature is integrated into the Pixel phones as well.

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