This might well be the creepiest page ever: All the purchases a user has ever done. If the user receives a confirmation email for a purchase they made, the user is not notified that Google collected and displays this piece of information in this page. There is no explanation why they are collecting all the purchases in one page, and apparently there is no way to opt out of this or even delete the purchases from the list.

Some of the replies to my Google toots are waving the issue aside, saying something like “it’s Google, we all know they harvest their users’ data”.

That’s true, but let’s not forget that Google has said for years that they don’t read their users’ emails, and that they can gather lots of data without parsing other people’s inboxes.

And let me repeat: The fact that users cannot have this information deleted makes the whole thing worse – possibly a GDPR violation.

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Most importantly, such replies show a dangerous feeling that has become common when we talk about online privacy, and that’s a lack of interest towards the global community.

If your reaction is “Why are you using Google, lol”, you shift the burden to the single users, knowing well that most people won’t switch to other services, so you surrender to the idea of tech companies violating their users’ privacy without any legal repercussions. And it sounds like “It’s fine as long as I am out of it”.

@miramarco I totally agree, and one thing I'd like to point out is in a way, power. A lot of things at my school are google-dependent. Like, not just groups of students electing to use a google app for a project, like "we're going to use this google thing for our class". If I hadn't had a google account already, I would have had to make one for that class.

It's really hard to _not_ have involvement with google. Blaming single-users is ridiculous, when there is pressure to use it.

@lapis 100% this. The usual suggestion (“just don't have anything to do with Google/Facebook/Amazon/etc.”) misses the fact that people may not have enough privilege (social or financial) to switch to the alternatives, or to convince the people they work or live with to do the same.

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