Amazon has your data too; here's what it knows

Amazon has your data too; here's what it knows
Amazon and Whole Foods Market launched a free two-hour delivery for Prime members in Richmond, Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia. (Source: FILE PHOTO)

(WWBT) - If you're a Prime member, you may be shocked by just how much data Amazon has on you.

A good place to start is with your order history. Click on "Help and Customer Service" then choose "Create an Order History Report."

Once you've done that, you can download a spreadsheet with everything you've ever bought on Amazon, as well as dates, prices and shipping information.

You can also access Amazon Advertising Preference, where you choose to either personalize ads or not.

It's a good idea to edit, or even turn off, your browsing history, especially if you share your computer and don't want to give away holiday or birthday gift surprises. You can do that by clicking "Your Browsing History" and then "Manage History" on the right side of the screen.

If you have an Amazon Echo, you also may want to click on "Manager Voice Recordings." Amazon keeps all of the recordings you've made with Alexa.

You can delete those, though Amazon warns doing so could affect the accuracy of Alexa's search results.

It's impossible to totally protect your privacy and still use retail or social media sites, but auditing your data on those sites, and deleting what makes uncomfortable, is a good idea.

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