Google releases new tools to protect iOS search records

Google releases new tools to protect iOS search records

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  • When the setting is enabled, additional information like an account password or two-factor authentication is needed to view search history data. Google is positioning the feature as a good privacy practice for those who share their device with others. A second tool, dubbed “quick delete,” lets users to wipe the last 15 minutes of their search history by tapping on a dedicated button in the Account Menu. The feature, first announced at Google I/O in May, is available now on iOS and will debut on Android later this year.

  • AppleInsider is funded by its audience and may make money from qualifying sales as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner. Our editorial content is unaffected by these affiliate relationships. Google on Thursday unveiled two new tools for its popular iOS app that provide saved search history an extra layer of security and enable users swiftly remove recent search data with the touch of a button. The new search history protection feature, which was announced in a blog post, limits who can access My Activity in the Google app. The “Web & App Activity,” as Google refers to it, is where a user’s search history is kept.

The post also mentions Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup, tools that allow users to see what third-party apps and services have access to account information. Google is pushing its new privacy features after the company failed to update a variety of iOS apps for months in what appears to have been an attempt to skirt Apple’s mandated App Store privacy disclosures. The search giant held off on updating major titles including Gmail, YouTube and Google Drive following Apple’s launch of privacy “nutrition labels” in late 2020.

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