While that may be true, Google has made it incredibly hard to erase your purchasing history.
While the page is private to you, it does give some insight into how much Google knows about you, and of course, also gives a one-stop location for others (such as partners) to check up on your online life. Google has said that the purchases can be only seen by the user and that "Google protects your privacy and security".
Google also told CNBC that "you can delete this information at any time". It is certainly possible to backup the emails and delete them then to get rid of the purchase listing that Google maintains, but it is not comfortable either as you'd have to delete each email manually to clear the listing. However, in a statement to CNBC, a Google spokesperson said the "Purchases" page is private and isn't used by Google for purposes like ad targeting.
Google says it stores purchases to keep them all in one place.
This story originally appeared on Cnet.
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Google notes that only you are able to view your activity page, but it still indicates just how far and intimate the tech giant's reach is when it comes to gobbling up your data.
Gmail is a treasure trove for Google as email contains lots of personal information including who you communicate with and what you buy online. They even verified that receipts of these purchases were sent to the Gmail account and that is how the company listed them on the "Purchases" page. They added that they don't use Gmail messages to show ads. It also includes real-word transactions facilitated via credit cards, perhaps due to point of sale software providers such as Square and others that link credit card numbers to an associated email for receipt deliveries.
(Web Desk) - Google saves years of information on purchases you've made, even outside Google, and pulls this information from Gmail. When you go to this page, you will need to enter your Google credentials in order to see everything you purchased till date. There's no option on the "Purchases" page to delete your complete history at once.
You can delete the purchase history, but there's not one simple way to erase it all.
From Google.com, click on the "Settings" button in the lower right corner. Google says it's looking into simplifying its settings to make them easier to control, however.