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Google records everything you bought online - and you did not know it


It's no secret that Google has a wealth of information about people, but according to what CNBC said on Friday (17), the search giant seems to have a lot more data about you than you think. This is because the American newspaper has verified that there is a page called "Purchases" within the users' Google account, where they record the purchases made online and even purchases made elsewhere.

Journalist Todd Raselton noted that there were records of transactions since at least the year 2012. He said he purchased products using services or applications such as Amazon , DoorDash or Seamless or stores like Macy's but never directly through Google. He also says that it seems that even if the purchase was not made using the Google website, as the digital receipts go to Gmail, the company has a huge list of information about their buying habits.

Todd Raselton Shopping List Recorded in "Shopping" (Picture: CNBC) 


A company spokeswoman told CNBC that the page was created to help users easily view and track their purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place, and that can only be seen by the user. In addition, it states that you can delete this information at any time. The spokesman also said that no information on Gmail messages was used to display ads.

Despite these claims, Todd reported that the process of excluding the shopping list is extremely difficult. He explains that multiple item removal ends up with e-mails related to them as well, which causes the receipts to be lost. If a person wants to keep receipts and exclude data only from the "Purchases" page, they must enter the item-by-item details to perform this operation, which may end up requiring an unbelievably long time.

Another problem encountered by the journalist lies in the contradiction between Google's privacy policy and what happens in practice. According to documents from the search giant, order information may also end up being saved to other Google services, so you can exclude them from the "My Activities " page. However, Google's activity controls page does not allow a person to manage the data stored in "Purchases."

That way, even the company claiming that it does not leverage or sell the data stored in "Purchases", it's strange that this page is not disclosed by Google and can not even manage it easily. About the inquiry, Google told CNBC that it is looking to simplify the settings to make it easier to control.

Source: CNBC

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