Three Months

Eric Miraglia, Google’s director of privacy and data protection:

In May, we announced that you could automatically delete your Location History and Web & App Activity, which includes things you’ve searched and browsed. We promised to bring this to more products, and now we’re bringing Auto-delete to YouTube History. Set the time period to keep your data — 3 months, 18 months, or until you delete it, just like Location History and Web & App Activity — and we’ll take care of the rest.

That’s nice, but three months seems long for the shortest interval. Why not something measured in days? How much do you want to bet they don’t even use your history from over three months ago for ad targeting?

Wednesday, 2 October 2019