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Google gives users new privacy controls

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, talking about new privacy moves at I/0 2019
Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Alongside new products and features, Google Tuesday announced a series of moves designed to offer users more privacy. The move builds on an announcement last week that it would allow users to automatically delete their location and activity history.

Why it matters: The changes come as Google, along with other tech giants including Facebook, is under pressure to give people more control over what personal information online platforms collect and store.

Google touts AI and search advances at I/O conference

An AI-based and human DJ team up to open Google I/O
An AI-based and human DJ team up to open Google I/O in typical nerdy fashion. Ina Fried/Axios

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's I/O developer conference by touting new search features and a renewed focus on privacy. Google also used today's conference to unveil a mix of new features for its Assistant, a lower-cost version of its Pixel phone and more details on Android Q, the next version of its mobile operating system.

Why it matters: It's the heart of spring developer conference season, as each of the major tech platforms details its roadmap for the year. Google's event comes a week after Facebook's F8, the same week as Microsoft's Build and a couple weeks before Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference.