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Google tracks your purchases using Gmail

2019-05-20 17:41 by
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A recent report from CNBC has revealed that Google uses Gmail to keep track of your purchases, whether they are online or offline. A page in your Gmail account "Purchases" holds the list of things you've bought from years.

The Purchases page went live last year, but has flown under the radar until now. According to Google, purchases are compiled from sources across your Google Account, including orders placed through the Google Play Store, Google Express and Google Assistant, as well as from receipts and email confirmations received through Gmail.

Google claims it does not use this information to create personalized adverts. Your shopping information can be deleted from the Purchases webpage but each item must be deleted individually. There is also no way to delete the log from Purchases without also deleting the receipt from your Gmail account.

The news comes only a week after Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in the New York Times that "privacy cannot be a luxury good." The firm has recently been trying to be more transparent about what data it is collecting, how it is doing this and how the data can be deleted.

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