There is a simple step you can take to avoid most trackers: stop Gmail from automatically loading images, since images are where the majority of these pixels hide.
Need to migrate your email from Gmail to a secure, encrypted email provider? It’s gotten so easy. Come along as I share my journey with ProtonMail, who announced their Import Assistant tool.
Google says it doesn’t use your Gmail to show you ads and promises it “does not sell your personal information, which includes your Gmail and Google Account information,” and does “not share your personal information with advertisers, unless you have asked us to.”
But, for reasons that still aren’t clear, it’s pulling that information out of your Gmail and dumping it into a “Purchases” page most people don’t seem to know exists. Even if it’s not being used for ads, there’s no clear reason why Google would need to track years of purchases and make it hard to delete that information.