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Google introduces ‘incognito mode’ in Google maps, your location history won’t be saved in your device anymore

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The National Cyber-security Awareness Month is here and Google isn’t wasting any time in adding new privacy protections for its users. The tech giant announced a raft of new features including the incognito mode in the Google Maps app, auto-delete of YouTube history, and allowing users to delete their audio recordings from Google Assistant.

The Incognito Mode for Google Maps will be available in Android handsets by the end of October but Google is yet to announce the date for IOS devices.

Upon activating the new feature, your location history won’t be linked with your profile or saved on your device. That means nothing to worry about getting your privacy barged in by other people with regards to your whereabouts.

However, even with this new feature, users are not completely protected. Launching the incognito mode in the Google Maps app activates a message that says “Turning on Incognito Mode in Maps does not affect how your activity is used or saved by internet providers, other apps, voice search and other Google services.”

Additionally, just because Google Maps will not be storing your whereabouts doesn’t imply that your location will be completely unknown to everyone. Many other apps can use your location and can use it to ‘personalize your experience’. For instance, the fitness tracking apps predominantly use GPS to track your runs and even your handset camera app might use location data to tag your photos.

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The new privacy features are part of Google’s endeavors to better protect its users’ data. Rolling out these new features is also a reaction to the recent strong criticisms against the tech companies which were said to be monetizing users’ data without their consent. Furthermore, Google added a new password management tool that notifies users if their passwords have been exposed to hackers. It will also introduce an option to delete voice assistants by a verbal command.

The National Cyber-security Awareness Month is here and Google isn’t wasting any time in adding new privacy protections for its users. The tech giant announced a raft of new features including the incognito mode in the Google Maps app, auto-delete of Youtube history, and allowing users to delete their audio recordings from Google Assistant.

The Incognito Mode for Google Maps will be available in Android handsets by the end of October but Google is yet to announce the date for IOS devices.

Upon activating the new feature, your location history won’t be linked with your profile or saved on your device. That means nothing to worry about getting your privacy barged in by other people with regards to your whereabouts.

However, even with this new feature, users are not completely protected. Launching the incognito mode in the Google Maps app activates a message that says “Turning on Incognito Modi in Maps does not affect how your activity is used or saved by internet providers, other apps, voice search and other Google services.”


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Additionally, just because Google Maps will not be storing your whereabouts doesn’t imply that your location will be completely unknown to everyone. Many other apps can use your location and can use it to ‘personalize your experience’. For instance, the fitness tracking apps predominantly use GPS to track your runs and even your handset camera app might use location data to tag your photos.

The new privacy features are part of Google’s endeavors to better protect its users’ data. Rolling out these new features is also a reaction to the recent strong criticisms against the tech companies which were said to be monetizing users’ data without their consent.

Furthermore, Google added a new password management tool that notifies users if their passwords have been exposed to hackers. It will also introduce an option to delete voice assistants by a verbal command.

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