Wednesday July 15, 2020

Tech View: Google gets ahead of the curve on privacy

The search engine giant’s latest privacy moves reveal a company desperate for some good press after years of scandals

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

@emmetjryan
28th June, 2020
Google has announced it will auto-delete user data after 18 months in what is probably the biggest privacy move made by a big tech firm. Picture: Getty

It’s probably the biggest privacy move ever made by a big tech firm, but Google’s big announcement to auto-delete user data after 18 months was somehow of even . . . well . . . bigger importance.

Starting from last Wednesday, all web and app activity from new accounts will auto-delete after a year and a half. This is on top of the existing automated setting to do so with location history. Those with existing Google accounts, roundly...

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