Google has been tracking your purchases through Gmail for YEARS, despite promising & # 39; privacy for everyone & # 39;
- The Silicon Valley company has tracked people's purchases through their Gmail account
- This even includes items that were not purchased directly through the Google site
- Strangely enough, this has been made technically known to people via a little-known web tool
- Company insists that it does not use this information for personalized advertising processing
Google follows the spending patterns of their customers and keeps a permanent record online.
The Silicon Valley company has previously promised to respect privacy, but has preserved the store history of customers through e-receipts sent to their Gmail.
It contains songs that were purchased on linked music accounts, eBay and Amazon purchases, monthly subscriptions and even delivery notes.
The data goes back to a decade and the removal of the extensive back-catalog is a difficult and lengthy process.
Each individual e-mail with a receipt must be removed from the inbox to be removed from the list.
To view yours, click here.
Suspicious? The Silicon Valley company, which previously promised to respect privacy, rated people shopping based on the e-receipts they sent to their Gmail in recent years.
Strangely enough, this information is already available to people, although most are probably unaware, because the & # 39; Purchases & # 39; largely unknown.
A disclaimer on the page says: & # 39; Information about your orders can also be stored with your activity in other Google services & # 39 ;.
However, Google insists that it does not use any of this sensitive information to modify personal advertisements.
& # 39; To help you easily view and track your purchases, bookings, and subscriptions in one place, we've created a private destination that can only be viewed by you & # 39 ;, Google said in a statement.
& # 39; You can delete this information at any time. We do not use information from your Gmail messages to show you advertisements, and that includes the email confirmations and confirmations that appear on the Purchase Page. & # 39;
The Google privacy page insists that this information can be deleted, but – as reported by CNBC – Google & # 39; s control page does not allow people to manage the data stored in & # 39; Purchases & # 39 ;.
MailOnline has contacted Google for comments.
"Privacy is personal, which makes it even more important for companies to give people clear, individual choices about how their data is used," said Google's Sundar Pichai.
Ironically, the news only comes a few days after Google CEO Sundar Pichai said: & # 39; privacy cannot be a luxury good & # 39; in an article from the New York Times.
& # 39; Privacy is personal, making it even more important for companies to give people clear, individual choices about how their data is used & he said.
& # 39; Over the past 20 years, billions of people have made Google familiar with questions they had not asked their best friends: how do you know if you are in love? Why doesn't my baby sleep? What is this strange result on my arm?
HOW GOOGLE FOLLOWS YOUR PURCHASES
The company scans your Gmail for proof of purchase.
They then harvest the information in a page & # 39; Purchases & # 39 ;, which can be accessed by clicking here
They insist that their content can be easily removed, but from Google control page does not allow people to enter the data of & # 39; Purchases & # 39; to manage.
To delete the information, users must delete every e-mail with a receipt.
& # 39; We have worked hard to continually earn that trust by providing accurate answers and keeping your questions private. We are focused on the products and functions that make privacy a reality – for everyone. & # 39;
But earlier this year, a Mail on Sunday reporter discovered that since December 2014, Google had a detailed overview of its activities for every day.
The information contained times and details of visits to restaurants, shops and bars – and the means of transportation to get there.
His movements were followed with a blue line to indicate each location visited. Google searches that he had performed at each location were also included.
Another reporter's visit to a cemetery in Macclesfield was archived after he searched the Google Maps app for directions to a funeral.
It also saved his search for directions to a hospital in Dublin when he visited A&E and later recorded when he was fired.
Google says it has received permission to collect and store this data by asking users to check a box when they sign up for a Google account.
But data experts complain that the terms and conditions are confusing and do not indicate how long it will keep their data.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR GMAIL INBOX?
Google has responded to a worrying investigation into the data privacy methods of its Gmail email client with a series of tips for users to secure their accounts.
Security, Trust and Privacy Director at Google Cloud, Suzanne Frey shared a blog post in which she admitted that it was common for external developers to read the content of users' Gmail messages if they had been given permission – one of the primary allegations of the research.
Frey also revealed three simple tips for users who wanted to limit the access that external developers had in their private inbox.
Here's how you can determine how many non-Google apps can see –
1. Use the Security Check tool
To gain access, users must go to their account and click on the boxes in the top right corner
To gain access, users must navigate to their account and click on the boxes in the upper right corner.
Then click on & # 39; Account & # 39; in the drop-down menu.
Click & # 39; Security Check & # 39 ;. This allows users to see how many devices have been logged into the account and whether there have been any security issues in the last 28 days.
It also shows a user's login and recovery method and how many third-party apps have access to data.
If apps are no longer being used, Google suggests deleting them to prevent potential privacy issues.
2. View permissions
Gmail users must view their permissions before granting access to non-Google applications.
If an app wants to gain access to a user's Google account, it indicates which aspects of the service to which it has access, for example reading, sending, deleting and managing emails.
Users can then decide whether the application can access their Gmail account.
3. View and manage permissions
To access this option, users must navigate to their account and click on the boxes in the upper right corner.
Click on & # 39; Account & # 39; in the drop-down menu and then on & # 39; Apps with account access & # 39 ;.
This allows users to keep track of which apps or services have access to a user's accounts. Users can delete them that they no longer trust.
It also allows users to look at saved passwords and which Google Smart Lock has permission to remember.
If there is an appearance that is unreliable or outdated, they can be removed.
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