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Confused about GAPPS and Google Account

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Aug 21, 2018
I am very new to working with/modifying an Android device.

I recently followed the instructions to successfully install LineageOS on an HTC smartphone. Included in those instructions was a section explaining how to install something called GAPPS. So, I did that.

I now have GAPPS on my phone, but never set up a Google account on it. Nor have I installed any of the "usual" Google apps: Maps (I have location turned off), gmail, calendar, photos, contacts, etc., nor do I plan to need or use them. Sooooo........ Two questions:

1) What, if any, information is Google able to extract from my phone?

2) What, if anything, is GAPPS "doing" on my phone in my current setup?