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Google Rolls Out Key Feature to Allow People Auto-Delete their Location History

According to the tech giant, Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit, delete or turn it off at any time

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 In yet another bid to address privacy concerns, Google is rolling out a key feature that will allow people to automatically delete their Location History, Web and App Activity data.

Google last year courted controversy when an Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store users’ location data even if the users explicitly used privacy settings to turn it off.

In a blog post late Thursday, Google said it is introducing auto-delete controls for users’ Location History and Web and App Activity data.

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You can already use your Google Account to access simple on/off controls for Location History and Web and App Activity, and if you choose — to delete all or part of that data manually. Pixabay

“Choose a time limit for how long you want your activity data to be saved a” three or 18 months a” and any data older than that will be automatically deleted from your account on an ongoing basis,” announced David Monsees, Product Manager, Google Search.

These controls are coming first to Location History, Web and App Activity and will roll out in the coming weeks. “You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you,” added Marlo McGriff, Product Manager, Google Maps.

The company argued that when users turn on settings like Location History or Web and App Activity, the data can make Google products more useful for them a” like recommending a restaurant or helping pick up where they left off on a previous search.

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“We work to keep your data private and secure, and we’ve heard your feedback that we need to provide simpler ways for you to manage or delete it,” said Google. Pixabay

“We work to keep your data private and secure, and we’ve heard your feedback that we need to provide simpler ways for you to manage or delete it,” said Google.

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You can already use your Google Account to access simple on/off controls for Location History and Web and App Activity, and if you choose — to delete all or part of that data manually.

According to the tech giant, Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit, delete or turn it off at any time. (IANS)

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Addition of ‘Interpreter’ Mode on Google Assistant

The "Interpreter" mode will help users have real-time conversations.

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Google has extended the “Interpreter” mode on its Assistant to Home speakers and other third-party devices.

The “Interpreter” mode will help users have real-time conversations with compatible devices and also translates them into other languages.

“For now, you must use English, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish to start the interpreter mode. After you’ve started interpreter mode, you can ask Google Assistant to translate between more languages,” the company wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

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Google first demonstrated the feature at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2019 in Las Vegas.
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The feature supports 26 international languages including Hindi, English, Arabic, Korean and Portuguese among others.

Users can ask Assistant to “turn on interpreter mode” to invoke the feature on compatible devices and choose which languages they desire to use.

“When you hear the tone, start speaking in either language. You don’t have to alternate between languages for the interpreter mode to work,” the port said.

The feature supports 26 international languages including Hindi, English, Arabic, Korean and Portuguese among others.
Google assistant new feature comes up with International languages. Pixabay

Using the interpreter mode on a Smart Display would allow users to both see and hear the translated conversation. They can also swipe from left to right to stop the interpreter mode.

Google first demonstrated the feature at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2019 in Las Vegas.

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The mode first arrived on the Google Home Hub and is expected to be made available on more third-party devices from Lenovo, LG and JBL over the next few months. (IANS)