Google launches Incognito Mode for Google Maps, and more

Google launches Incognito Mode for Google Maps, and more

access_time2019-10-03 08:15:18


Google expands history auto-delete to YouTube, adds better privacy controls to voice assistant.

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.

In addition, Google also launched a new Password Checkup feature that checks users' passwords if they've been leaked at other online services. We covered this update in a lot more depth in a separate ZDNet article, in case users want to learn more.

 

Google first announced incognito mode for Google Maps earlier this year in May, at its Google I/O developer conference.

The Google Maps incognito mode is modeled after the similarly named feature that's found in all modern browsers and has been present in Chrome since its launch, back in 2008.

It allows Google Maps users to search and view locations without having this information added to their Google account history.


Google says incognito mode for Google Maps will start rolling out on Android this month, with iOS coming soon. The feature is currently not available for the Google Maps web version.

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When available for their apps, users can turn on incognito mode by selecting it from the menu that appears when they tap their profile photo inside the app.

The other Google service that supports an incognito mode is YouTube -- since earlier this year.

And since we're on YouTube, Google is also adding a new feature for it, too. The company said YouTube will get a feature called "history auto-delete."

Google previously launched this feature in May, when it added it to Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Account (which allowed users to delete past app usage).

 

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.

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