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Privacy & Security

    You should be able to understand and manage your data—and make privacy choices that are right for you. That’s why easy-to-use privacy features and controls have always been built into our products. At I/O, we announced a number of additional privacy and security tools across our products and platforms: 
    • One tap to Google Account: Your Google Account gives you one place to access your privacy and security settings. As the number of Google products has grown, we’re making it even easier to find these controls in just one tap across more products including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, the Assistant and News. To quickly access your privacy controls, just tap on your picture and follow the link to your Google Account.
    • Easily manage your data in Search, Maps and the Assistant: Last year, we made it easier for you to make decisions about your data directly within Search. Now we’re making it easier to manage your data in Maps, the Assistant and YouTube (coming soon). For example, you'll be able to review and delete your location activity data directly in Google Maps, and then quickly get back to your directions. 
    • Incognito mode for Maps: As our phones become the primary way we access the internet, we thought it was important to build Incognito mode for our most popular apps. It’s available in YouTube and coming soon to Maps and Search. 
    • Federated learning: Advances in machine learning are making our privacy protections stronger. One example is federated learning, a new approach to machine learning. It allows developers to train AI models and make products smarter—for you and everyone else—without your data ever leaving your device. Gboard, Google’s keyboard, now uses federated learning to improve predictive typing as well as emoji prediction across tens of millions of devices. Previously, Gboard would learn to suggest new words for you, like “zoodles” or “Targaryen”, only if you typed them several times. Now, with federated learning, Gboard can also learn new words after thousands of people start using them, without Google ever seeing what you’re typing. 
    • Phone as a security key: Security keys provide the strongest form of 2-Step Verification phishing protection and now they’ll be built into all phones running on Android 7.0 and above, making it available to over one billion compatible devices.
    • Android Q Privacy/Security: Android Q is bringing privacy to the forefront of Settings and creating more transparency and control around location.
    • NestBeginning this summer, anyone with a Nest Account will have the option to migrate their Nest Account to a Google Account, which comes with the added benefits of tools and automatic security protections, like 2-Step Verification, notifications that proactively alert you about unusual account activity and access to Security Checkup. 

    Privacy-related blog posts at I/O: