There is a page in the activity settings where the user can delete most data, but the purchases can only be viewed, with a link to the page I shared in the previous toot.
The description makes it look like they are collecting data only from #Google services, but they also look for emails from Amazon and Steam in the user's inbox. That description is deliberately misleading.
I'm usually careful about the permissions and the activity I allow #Google to track (which is pretty much nothing), but this somehow slipped away.
Was I distracted? (Maybe.)
Are the privacy and activity settings on Google a mess? (Yes.)
Is it something they introduced recently, and they harvested the data retroactively? (I have no reasons to say ‘no’.)
@Averly I can see that chaos can derive from a simple lack of organization, and Google accounts, which is where many products developed by different teams meet, are incredibly complex.
And yet I don't think that this alone can explain that lack of clarity completely, especially because the Google account pages have been reworked quite recently.
@miramarco Ughhhhhh. This is really a motivation to change my general email to something not gmail.
It's not just amazon and steam (to clarify). I've got B&N, Etsy, my uni's bookstore site. So I assume it's anything that says "purchase" in your email.
@miramarco Also this might seem silly. Does yours also only go back a year? I'm wondering if that's to mitigate freakout factor (since there's no reason it can't read all my emails) or what. =/
@lapis Mine goes back to 2013 >_<
@miramarco agh. sorry.
@miramarco even worse, the second bullet point hints that emails are parsed to get that info
They're keyword scraping email. My prescription history is in there:
LORATADINE 10MG TABLETS 2319134 - 6063
Ready for pickup