Google has historically kept a log of where users have been on its servers, but from December 1, it will delete this information.

Users will still be able to back up their data if they're worried about losing it or want to sync it across devices but that will no longer happen by default.

The company's "timeline" feature - previously known as Location History - will still work for those who choose to use it, letting them scroll back through potentially decades of travel history to check where they were at a specific time.

But all the data required to make the feature work will be saved locally, to their own phones or tablets, with none of it being stored on Google's servers.