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Google tracks people’s purchases through Gmail receipts, and there’s no way to turn it off

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Google has for years been tracking what people buy, through receipts sent to their Gmail accounts, CNBC reports. There seems to be no way to for Gmail users to turn off Google's purchase tracking and no easy way to delete the information it has already collected (see below). Google been making this information available to users - no one knows since when - through a private web tool that can be accessed here. The page, titled Purchases, was mentioned in a Reddit thread 10 months ago and surfaced again after CNBC published its report. MediaNama accessed the tool and found a history of our purchases dating back to August 2013. While some newer entries were in reverse chronological order, others were listed haphazardly. Google's help page on the subject reads: "Your purchases and reservations are brought together from across your Google Account," from sources including the Play Store, Google Express and Google Assistant, and order receipts or confirmations received in Gmail. A Google spokesperson told MediaNama in a statement: “To help you easily view and keep track of your purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place, we’ve created a private destination that can only be seen by you. You can delete this information at any time. We don’t use any information from your Gmail messages to serve you ads, and that includes the email receipts and confirmations shown on the Purchases page.” No easy way to delete purchases, no way to halt tracking Google says that users can delete this information at any time, but…

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