Google has tracking what you buy through your Gmail inbox and storing them in a Google Account page that was a secret. This purchase tracking has gone on for severalbefore being discovered. A list is created of your online shopping history that can stretch back five years. Google claims it is doing this to help its users keep track of everything they’ve purchased in one place — but people are seeing this as an invasion of privacy. Google says and has promised that you’re the only one who can see this data.
Here’s what you can do to delete the info Google has stored.
1. Google tracks multiple email types through Gmail, including purchases, payments, subscription services and reservations, say for hotels, cars and airline tickets. To view and manage them, start by navigating to https://myaccount.google.com/.
2. Select Payments & subscriptions.
3. From here, you can click into each grouping. You can view items here, which could include a subscription to YouTube or Google Photos.
4. Click into each item and tap “Remove reservation,” “Remover purchase” and so on to delete anything you don’t want stored in your Gmail account.
Manage your web and app activity
Your Web and App Activity includes searches through Google, Maps and Play. This is how you can update your settings. You’ll be able to pause activity from being recorded and delete anything that has been saved — especially private information.
1. Visit https://myaccount.google.com/.
2. Select Data & personalization.
3. Tap or click Manage your activity controls.
4. From here, you can turn off and delete activity being saved to Google. Even if you’re not online, Google is still able to keep track of your activity and will sync the data once you’re online, so keep your Web & App Activity off if you want to keep things private.