We use the bathroom and everyone knows what goes behind it. But we don’t close the door to it because we want secrecy. We do it because we want privacy. There’s a difference between privacy and secrecy. Having access to privacy makes you human.
When you use a Google account to sign up for buying things online, it saves your data.
This shouldn’t be news to anyone now. Yet what’s startling is the service pulls your data from any receipts you have as an attachment in your inbox.
If you don’t want Google to save your purchasing history, read below to take your privacy back.
Tracking via Gmail
Google tracks your purchases, and as mentioned it uses email receipts to do it. To view what data Google has on you, go to Purchases when signed in to your account.
But if you want to erase the purchasing history, you must delete the emails with receipts in them. It can become cumbersome, especially if you have a long list of purchases.
Google is an advertising giant, and it scrapes data about you from the email receipts. How it’s able to do it? Gmail doesn’t encrypt your data. Instead, it sees and filters every bit of information that passes through its servers.
How to delete your purchasing history
Follow the steps below to delete your purchasing history:
- Select the purchase you want to delete on the Google Purchases page.
- Near the bottom of the payment detail page, click Remove Purchase.
- Select View Email to access the matching email for your purchase to remove its history.
It’s because you need to delete the email receipt for that item.
- Click the trash icon to delete it when the email opens in Gmail.
- Repeat steps 1-4 for the number of purchasing history items you want to remove.
That’s how you prevent Google from scanning your inbox for purchases. Since all your purchases are now removed from history.
How does Google track what you buy?
Google and Facebook have come under fire from regulatory bodies due to rising privacy concerns. Despite this, they’ve done nothing and remain in the violation of privacy approach. Thanks to their business model.
What can I do?
You can opt for a different email provider. Privacy-oriented email providers include ProtonMail, Tutanota, and CTemplar.