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Google rolls out new feature in Chrome browser to make content discovery easier

Google rolls out new feature in Chrome browser to make content discovery easier
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Google is rolling out a new feature in Chrome browser aimed at making content discovery easier. The “History Search” feature utilizes users’ search history to improve the ability to find content from previously visited webpages. This new functionality, powered by artificial intelligence, not only includes webpage titles and URLs but also the content within the pages.

The History Search feature is accessible via the dedicated History page or directly from the address bar by typing “@history.” However, the use of search history data has sparked privacy concerns. The feature relies on data such as search terms, best-matching webpage content, and generated search results, which are collected and potentially used to train AI models. Google acknowledges that this data might be accessed by the company and human reviewers, though it assures users that webpage data is encrypted and stored locally on their devices, accessible only when the History Search feature is enabled.

Despite the potential benefits of improved search efficiency, privacy advocates emphasize the importance of making this feature opt-in. Forcing users to enable the feature by default could lead to frustration and undermine trust. Providing users with the choice to activate History Search is crucial for its adoption. Google aims to balance AI development with user privacy, ensuring transparency about data usage and safeguarding practices.

Clear communication about how data is encrypted and stored, as well as the privacy measures in place, is essential. By respecting user control and consent, Google hopes to enhance the user experience in Chrome without compromising privacy. The successful implementation of History Search will depend on maintaining this balance and ensuring users are fully informed about their privacy options.

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