Google will automatically remove records of visits to abortion clinics following Roe v. Wade’s ruling.

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Google will automatically remove posts about abortion clinics visit after Supreme Court decision to cancel Rowe vs. Wade.

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The new policy comes in response to growing concerns that the data Google and other technology companies routinely collect about people’s online activities could be used by governments in states where abortion is now banned.

We are talking about the “location history” function. Google says it will remove records of visits to healthcare facilities in the coming weeks, which may be “very personal” including counseling centres, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment centers, weight loss clinics and cosmetic surgery clinics.

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“Today we are announcing that if our systems detect that someone has visited one of these locations, we will remove these entries from the location history shortly after their visit,” the company said in a blog post on Friday.

Other data stored by Google may be used to prosecute people seeking an abortion, such as search history.

Google will automatically delete all records of your visit to abortion clinics after the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss Roe v. Wade.

Google tracks the habits and location of millions of people, potentially turning it into “a tool for far-right extremists seeking to crack down on people seeking reproductive health,” according to a letter sent to the company by 42 Democratic congressmen in May.

The company is legally required to comply with government requirements, although Google says it resists “overbroad law enforcement requirements” and notifies people as much as possible when it releases their data.

Google also said on Friday that it will allow Fitbit wearable users who track their periods in the app to delete more than one period log at a time. Privacy advocates have warned people to remove period tracking apps from their phones.


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