Rack it up as one more way Google tracks your personal data.Any purchase you make that uses your Gmail account will be logged by Google, according to a discovery made recently by a Reddit user. The user uncovered that Google is keeping tabs on any purchase that uses your Gmail account. Google also tracks purchases made via Google Pay or via the Google Play store.
For its part, Google says the purchase information lives in your Google Account and is only accessible by you. “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,” a Google spokesperson told Fox News in a statement.
“We don’t use any information from your Gmail messages to serve you ads and that includes the email receipts and confirmations shown on the Purchase page,” the spokesperson added.
But it’s not clear what else Google may be using the information for, as pointed out by BleepingComputer, a publication that covers information security and technology.And it’s not clear how to prevent Google from extracting this data from Gmail.