According to CNBC, Google is able to monitor many of the items purchased, including those purchased on Amazon or Apple Store. Where does this information come from? Do they have one of those Google Street View cars with antennas everywhere that follow you from store to store?
The truth is that whenever a digital receipt is sent to you via Gmail, Google has access to that information. Yes, Google knows if you placed your order with Duke Ellington Deli using the Seamless app.
Google also knows exactly what you delivered for dinner. Take a look at the Shopping page (myaccount.google/purchases) and you’ll be surprised after seeing all this information.
Google says that data can be viewed and deleted from a page called “My Activity“, but apparently this is not true. And while the company has told CNBC that tracking can be completely disabled, no such option can be found. Google says it is working to make it easier for users to manage their data collection in the future.
While we now know where Google data is taken from, why do you collect all this information? After all, the company clearly states that “it does not sell your personal information, which includes your Gmail and Google account information”. Additionally, Google claims not to share your personal information with advertisers, unless you have given permission to do so. And yet, there are your purchases on the purchase web page.
Obtaining purchase data from receipts sent to Gmail, it also collects data from “orders placed through Google services, such as Google Play Store, Google Express or via Google Assistant”.
How to prevent Google from using private results
You can go through the Purchases page and delete each transaction one at a time.
- To do this, click on a particular purchase to see more details about it. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a link that says “Remove purchase”.
- Click on that You will see another box that will ask you to see the email receipt.
- Click on this and you will be directed to the receipt of the purchase email in your Gmail inbox.
- Delete that letter from Gmail in the usual way and now it’s gone from Gmail and the Purchase page.
You can also prevent Google from using your purchase information, although it will prevent Google Assistant from knowing when your packages should arrive.
From the desktop, go to Google.com and click Settings => Search Settings. Scroll down to the Private Results heading and tap the “Do not use private results” option.
And even if this doesn’t eliminate your previous purchases (we’ve already told you how to do it), or we’ll prevent Google from tracking your future purchases, it will prevent the company from using search results and other Google services.
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