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Google Gmail tracks purchase history – how to delete it



Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, is in a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

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Last week, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a New York Times op-ed that said "privacy can not be a luxury good. " But the scenes are still in the process of being used, so as Gmail, and some of it can not be easily deleted.

A page called "Purchases" shows an accurate list of many ̵

1; but not all – of the things I ve been doing dating back to at least 2012. I'm looking for that as well as Amazon, DoorDash or Seamless, or in stores such as Macy's, but never directly through Google. [19659002] I just bought, like dress shoes I bought inside a Macy's store on

I just bought something about my buying habits Sept. 14, 2015.

  • I ordered a Philly cheesesteak on a roll with Cheez Whiz and banana peppers on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • I reloaded my Starbucks card in November 2014.
  • I bought a new Kindle on Dec. 18, 2013, from Amazon.
  • I bought "Solo: A Star Wars Story" from iTunes on Sept. 14, 2018.

And so on.

Take a look at this sample, which covers some things I bought within the week:

A list of my purchases Google pulled in from Gmail.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Go here to see your own: http://myaccount.google.com/purchases.

Google spokesperson told CNBC. "To help you easily and keep track of your purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place, we've created a private destination that can only be viewed by you," a Google spokesperson told CNBC.

But there is not an. "

But there is no answer to this question easy way to remove all this. You can delete all the receipts in your Gmail inbox and archived messages. But if you like me, you might save receipts in Gmail in case you need them later for returns. In order to remove them from Google Purchases and keep them in your Gmail inbox you need to delete them one by one from the Purchases page.

You need to delete each purchase manually – or from Gmail – to get rid of it.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Google's privacy page says that you can only view your purchases. But it says "Information about your orders may be saved with your activity on other Google services" and that you can delete this information on a separate "My Activity" page.

Except you can not. Google's activity controls page

Google told CNBC you can go back to the site, but you have to go to another page for search settings preferences. Google's privacy check-up feature

To stop it, Google says, go to www.google.com/preferences and choose "Do not use private results. "

Google says it does not use your Gmail to show you ads and promotes it "

But, for those who are not clear, it's getting out of your Gmail and dumping it into a "Purchases" page most people do not seem to know. Even if it's not used for ads, there's no reason why Google would need to do that. Google says it's looking into making it easier to control, however.


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