Google is changing how much of your data it retains as part of location and search histories.

The tech company announced Wednesday that it will set controls for auto-deleting your location or search history after 18 months by default.

Google says that when you turn on Location History for the first time, "auto-delete after 18 months" will be set by default. Users can also enable the option to auto-delete history after three months.

The changes also apply to Web and app history, says Google.

"We believe that products should keep your information for only as long as it's useful and helpful to you," Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement.

Google will also bring similar changes to YouTube, where users' histories will auto-delete after 36 months by default.

The company is introducing updates to make privacy tools such as Incognito mode and account controls easier to find and update.

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