Google I/O 2021: New privacy features

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Privacy is a hot topic these days, and Google finds itself at the center of the debate more often than not. So it’s no surprise that Google touched on the issue of privacy during its Google I / O 2021 keynote address.

Google has not only talked about the privacy controls it has already introduced or will introduce in its apps, but also what it is doing to help users protect their information.

Google started these announcements by talking about its password manager, introducing four new features for the service. Google has announced a tool that will allow you to import passwords from other password managers to your Google Account. Google says there will also be deeper integration between Chrome and Android, which will allow you to use your passwords on websites and apps but hasn’t given a specific timeline for that.

Additionally, Google said it is implementing automatic password alerts to notify users when their passwords have been included in data breaches.

The latest feature of Google’s Password Manager is a “quick fix” tool for Chrome that will allow you to quickly change any compromised password in your browser.

After announcing these new features for the password manager, Google brought back the discussion on privacy, reminding us what data is not used for advertising purposes, like data from Gmail, Photos, and Drive, or data sensitive personalities such as health, race, and religion.

While Google devoted a good portion of its presentation to the technology it has already developed and deployed – differential privacy and federated learning, in particular – Google also talked about the new privacy features that will be available in its apps. in the future.

Quick options for taking action

new option that lets you delete the last 15 minutes of your search history is in the drop-down menu when you tap your profile picture in Chrome.

Location history reminders will also appear in Google Maps, along with an option to turn off location tracking.

We’ll also see Locked Folders and Photos, which will allow you to hide folders and some photos behind passcodes, meaning they won’t show up when you normally browse through your folders and photos – this which could prevent those listening to the doors from seeing them. Locked folders and photos will be available on Pixel devices first, before expanding to other devices during the year.

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