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Google Maps Rolls Out New Updates Empowering Users with More Information Control

Stay informed! Google Maps introduces user-friendly controls to manage personal data and location history, promoting enhanced privacy and control.

Google Maps Enhances User Privacy: New Controls and Deletion Options Incoming

Google Maps has just unveiled a suite of exciting updates aimed at providing users with greater command over their personal information. The navigation giant is rolling out new features that enable users to delete activity linked to specific places and effortlessly access location controls directly from the app's blue dot.

Soon, users will have the ability to review and delete recent activity tied to specific places, including searches, directions, visits, and shared content, all with just a few taps. Imagine navigating to a bakery using the app—soon, you'll be able to easily view and erase all recent activity associated with that specific bakery.

Moreover, the familiar blue dot indicating your location on Google Maps will soon serve as a gateway to location controls. A simple click on the dot will grant access to check whether your Location History or Timeline settings are activated and verify Maps' access to your device's location.

Exciting news for Android and iOS users—these updates, including the deletion of place-related activity and the new blue dot controls, will start rolling out in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Google Maps is introducing a new feature that saves your Timeline directly on your device if you've opted to enable Location History. As always, you retain full control over your data, with the ability to delete all or parts of your information at any time or disable settings altogether. Worried about losing data? You can now opt to back up your data to the cloud, automatically encrypted for heightened security.

In a significant shift towards privacy, Google has set the auto-delete control for Location History to three months by default when it's initially activated, a notable change from the previous default of 18 months.

These privacy-centric updates are set to roll out gradually over the next year on both Android and iOS platforms. Expect notifications when these enhancements reach your account, ensuring you stay in the loop with these crucial changes.