Google has announced today new privacy-centered updates for three of its services -- namely Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Assistant.
More specifically, Google Maps will be getting an incognito mode, YouTube is getting a history auto-delete option, and Google Assistant is getting support for voice commands that will help users manage the Assistant's own privacy settings.
Starting today, the history auto-delete feature is also available for YouTube and will allow users to select an option and automatically delete old YouTube video history once it reaches three or 18 months. You can access this new feature at https://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols/youtube
New Voice Assistants privacy commands
But in the coming weeks, Google users will be able to query the Google Assistant itself about these privacy settings.
"When you ask questions like 'Hey Google, how do you keep my data safe?' the Assistant will share information about how we keep your data private and secure," Google said in a press release shared with ZDNet today.
"We're also making it easier to control your privacy with simple voice commands," Google added. "In the coming weeks, you'll be able to delete Assistant activity from your Google Account just by saying things like 'Hey Google, delete the last thing I said to you' or 'Hey Google, delete everything I said to you last week.'
"You won't need to turn on any of these features-they will work automatically when you ask the Assistant for help. If you ask to delete more than a week's worth of data from your account, the Assistant will point you directly to the page in your account settings to complete the deletion," Google said.
These Google Assistant updates will roll out for English-speaking users next week and in all other languages next month.
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