When Reserve with Google starting helping users book fitness classes last year, the scheduling tool was only available in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Today, the company announced that the handy feature is now available all over the US. That means that you'll be able to book and pay for a yoga or exercise session in Google Maps, Google Search or directly through the Reserve with Google website. The Reserve with Google website allows you to use specific filters to narrow down the fitness studios nearby so you can find exactly what you're looking for. It also serves up recommendations and lets you book a spot in the classes you already enjoy.
Doing a Google search or using Google Maps gives the company your location to pinpoint accuracy. Why does Google want this? To serve you more relevant ads and search results and so on, but for some people, that's an unacceptable privacy tradeoff. Here's how to stop handing over your location data to Google. That was a long trip!
Users' Google Search data can now be managed directly from the search engine in a bid to make it easier for them to access their activity. Previously, people would have to go to the Google Account area to review and manage data, but these controls will now be brought directly to Google Search. Eric Miraglia, the company's director of product management, privacy and data protection, said Search is the first in a new strategy to help make it easier for users to make decisions about their data, before moving on to Maps and other Google products next year. 'Without ever leaving Search, you can now review and delete your recent search activity, get quick access to the most relevant privacy controls in your Google account, and learn more about how Search works with your data,' Mr Miraglia said. The move comes amid increased concern about how the public's data is handled by big tech companies, most recently in the case of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal.
I deleted Google from my life for a while, and it worked out surprisingly well, despite the fact that Google is involved in a lot of things we deal with these days. For some, part of the reason for dropping Google is to protect your personal information. But when you stop using the products in favor of alternatives, that doesn't do anything to all the personal data Google has already collected on you. To round out your Google departure, let's go over what you can delete, and how. And if you want to download some of it before you axe it, check out the tutorial on downloading your Google data, too.