It has been highlighted this week that Google is not only tracking and mapping our geolocation but also our online purchases and so much more. Evidently, Google has been collecting our data for some time now so we really must ask ourselves is the privacy tradeoff worth it?
Google describe it as a feature “ 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.”
How does it work:
Google use email receipt data from your Gmail account to list all the purchases you make. The list includes of all your purchase data and other information like estimated delivery times etc. This data is stored in a ‘My Purchases’ section of your account.
How do you find your list of purchases:
Simply type myaccount.google.com in to Google search and you will be asked to log in. If you are using a browser that's already logged into Gmail you will not need to log in and your information will appear on your screen. You will find your purchase list in the Payments and Subscriptions section.
How to protect your data?
Unfortunately you cannot stop Google from collecting the data at this current time. You can delete the purchase data at any time but it is quite difficult and time consuming to do so.
You need to go into each purchase and click remove purchase which will then take you to the email receipt the purchase is linked to and delete the email receipt. Once the email is trashed the purchase will be removed.
We will be releasing guide ‘How To Limit The Data Google Hold On You’ soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Incognito Privacy Care Team
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