Limit How Long Google Keeps Your Data With This Overdue Setting

Google put security and privacy features front and center as it kicked off this year's I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday. The company went so far as to say that “security and privacy are the central theme” of its upcoming Android Q release. But let’s say you want to take some control over what data Google has about you right now. As of today, anyone with a Google account can start limiting how long their data gets stored using new settings the company announced last week. The feature allows users to set a time limit for Google to retain certain types of data, either three months or 18 months, after which the information is automatically deleted. For …

Facebook’s Sloppy Data-Sharing Deals Might Be Criminal

In the past nine days, Facebook has said it is rethinking its business and a presidential candidate said it should be broken up. In the past 24 hours, the company’s services, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus, froze for most of a day and a newspaper revealed that a new crop of prosecutors is investigating the company for criminal behavior related to a slew of data partnerships. For most companies, this would be a catastrophe. For Facebook, it’s just another week and a half. For the past 15 years, Mark Zuckerberg has pushed Facebook to be the most innovative, influential, fast-growing, and profitable company in the world—to move fast and break things. It worked great, as we all know. …

Millions of people may be giving away their privacy through ancestry tests

What a novel idea.Image: Paul Bradbury / getty Cash hasn’t been dethroned, yet.  In the age of Square, Apple Pay, and Amazon Go, buying a sandwich or beer with paper money may feel like a throwback to simpler, neolithic times. But on Feb. 27, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney signed into law a bill requiring that stores accept cash. So those times are guaranteed at least a temporary reprieve from an otherwise looming extinction.  That is a very good thing. SEE ALSO: A judge can order you to use this app to deal with your ex The bill, which takes effect July 1, represents the first time a major U.S. city has codified into law the requirement for most businesses to …