When they first got busted on this, they said, just delete the emails. Google Keeps Gmail Purchase History.
At the time, Google claimed it tracks the info so that Google Assistant can track packages or reorder items, adding that users could simply delete everything by tapping into a purchase and removing the Gmail. However, it only worked if each purchase was deleted individually, which could take hours or even days depending on a person’s purchase history.
Still, Haselton decided to delete everything in his Gmail inbox — more than a decade of information. And it didn’t work.
Even after deleting all those emails, Google still had a record of his purchases.
“Like a horror movie villain that just won’t die,” he wrote, adding that he can “still see receipts for things I bought years ago. Prescriptions, food deliveries, books I bought on Amazon, music I purchased from iTunes, a subscription to Xbox Live I bought from Microsoft — it’s all there. Google continues to show me purchases I’ve made recently, too. I can’t delete anything and I can’t turn it off.”
I still have a Gmail account connected to this blog, though I may dump it as well. But Google is mostly out of my life. It should be out of yours as well.