Google keeps a running list of the things you buy. You can’t turn it off, but here’s how to stop Google from using your shopping history. (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • Google keeps a list of your purchases based on receipts emailed to your Gmail account.
  • Google says the information is used to provide personalized services, and is not used to serve ads.
  • There’s no way to turn off the purchase tracking in Google. But you can change your settings to that Google doesn’t use the information about your purchases in the services it provides you.
  • Here’s how to do it.
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The fact that Google keeps track of information such as search and location history is fairly well-known, considering the widespread popularity of its search engine and navigation app.

But what may be less obvious is the running list that Google keeps of your purchases. The company logs purchases based on receipts delivered to your Gmail inbox as well as items or services you’ve purchased through Google’s services. It’s unclear exactly how long the company has been logging this information, but the page was noted in a Reddit thread from nine months ago and surfaced again on Friday thanks to a report from CNBC.

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