There's no record or evidence of Google using Gmail users' purchase history data to target them with personalized ads, to be sure.
Google has been quietly keeping track of almost every single online purchase you've ever made, thanks to purchase receipts sent to your personal Gmail account, according to a new report today from CNBC. "You can delete this information at any time".
My theory is that Google takes ppl's data in exchange for useful things (maps! docs! mail!) while FB exchanges data for things that make them sad and angry.
The CNN report further said quoting a Google spokesperson that, "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. They added that they don't use Gmail messages to show ads. "We're always working to help people understand and manage their data".
I've reached out to Google and will update the post when I receive answers. 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.More news: President Trump Unveils A New Immigration Plan From The White House
More news: Friendly Fire: US Airstrike Killed at Least 18 Afghan Police in Helmand
More news: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Norway write to United Nations about oil tanker attacks
The aim is to give you pertinent information (like flight delay alerts) when you need it - Google says only you can view this data and that it isn't sold on to third parties or used to serve up advertising. This will bring you to the original email that the data was pulled from and once this email is trashed, the purchase will be removed from the Purchases page.
Google says it stores purchases to keep them all in one place. I only have the necessary Gmail address to login for Android. It also lists purchases made through Amazon.
I use different email accounts depending on the particular objective and one of these email accounts is through Google's G Suite service.
CNBC's latest breaking news puts Google at the center of the spotlight, as it appears the company has been quietly keeping track of everyone's online purchases by virtue of receipts sent to their personal Gmail account. I also could not find any settings in the G Suite Admin console that allows me configure these settings.
While we now know where Google is getting the data from, why is it gathering all of this information?