If you’ve purchased something online from a store linked to your Gmail account, there’s a pretty good chance Google knows about it. There’s a page called “Purchases” under the “Payments & subscriptions” subsection of Google Accounts showing items you bought and received a digital receipt from in the past. Some of these purchases could have been made years ago.
Google says the information it collects isn’t used to serve ads and can be easily deleted, but CNBC found otherwise. Each email/receipt needs to be deleted manually; there’s no other way to clear the “Purchases” page. Google’s activity controls page also lacks an option to manage that data.