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How to Delete your Private Information from Google, Facebook, and Apple

How to Delete your Private Information from Google, Facebook, and Apple

Apple, Facebook and Google have all introduced new user privacy policies that comply with the European data privacy law. This law is known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It went into effect on May 25th, and through the updated privacy policies of these companies, it’s now easier to understand the types of information these companies collect and what you have a right to do with it. While GDPR was passed in Europe, the Internet has few boundaries and the impact of the law is already being felt around the world. Here are some tips to get you up to speed with new GDPR guidelines:

Easier to Delete Google History

While Google has always given the option for users to delete a part or all of their past history, it's easier than ever to efficiently remove your search history. Now, all that you have to do is head over to the "My Activity" page and view the history. It is here that you will view the searches that have been conducted and the sites you visited. Click on the button with the triple dot to get rid of any item you don't want on the list. This is how you will remove it from your history.

Facebook European Privacy Compliance Changes

These new regulations came at a precarious time for Facebook as the company was already caught amist scandals related to protecting users’ privacy. While the company says they agree to these laws, they will continue to use targeted ads based on users' data. These social network changes were first rolled out to Europe, but they have agreed to extend this to users on a worldwide level. The newest move from Facebook tightens its policies on the activities of the company after years of abusing and misusing the data of users through third-party apps and entities. Deleting private information on Facebook will be easier because users will soon see this popup that asks them how they want the platform to handle their data. All users will be asked if they agree to the updated terms of the privacy policy. Facebook has also recently begun to build a special protection to limit the personal information that advertisers will be allowed to collect, especially from minors.

Apple Makes it Easier to Get your Own Data

Since GDPR has become effective, Apple has made the process to access your own data much easier. You can also delete or deactivate your data collection at any time. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has said that he has made security and privacy a top priority at Apple. Cook describes the right to privacy and data protection as a human right. They will soon make it much easier for people to manage their privacy settings. For example, Apple has put these tools in a centralized location, and you go to this section and choose the data you want shared.

The ultimate aim of these new regulations will be that Europeans have far more control over their own information and how companies can use it. A business that fails to comply with these regulations could face hefty fines that could be as high as four percent of its annual revenue. Since major online companies, like Facebook and Google, are worldwide, consumers from around the world can expect some much-needed help in guarding their privacy.

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