How to Clear Your Google Search History the Easy Way

Delia Walker
October 26, 2018

However, for users who are newly concerned about data privacy, or simply like to delete our search history frequently, this feature makes the process quicker to perform and easier to understand. Like Facebook, Google is responding to the trend by making its otherwise nebulous data settings more accessible to the average user.

France and Spain have previously fined Google as a result of privacy practices, but the firm avoided a penalty from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in 2015 over the clarity of its privacy policies. It's rolling out today on Search for desktop and mobile web, with a Google App launch for iOS and Android happening at some point in the next few weeks. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim explores the real reason Google is allowing users to delete their search data.

Google has been harshly scrutinized over the way that it handles user data for years.

To be clear, these are all controls that we could already access through Google's account settings menu.

An official Google blog post promises that "from directly within Search, you can review or delete your Search activity and quickly get back to finding what you were searching for". That will open a page; scroll down until you see Delete your Search activity. All of this data is used by Google, and the company says that it isn't shared with any other third party. There are alternatives that don't track you - like DuckDuckGo - but if you enjoy using Google search, you can stick with it while periodically deleting your search history.

Google says that it has now introduced controls for managing search data from Search itself.

This is why the privacy controls won't be hidden away in the settings anymore.

Did you know that Google is stashing information about your Google searches?

The new controls will also make their way to Google Maps and other Google products.

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