Google will begin erasing location data for visits to abortion clinics

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Following the Supreme Court’s decision to strip federal abortion rights in the US, many people are wondering how the apps they use every day might change. suddenly turn against them.

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As worries about the endless amount of data that tech companies have built an entire industry around rise, Google is taking at least one step to mitigate some of the potential harm associated with location tracking.

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The company announced on Friday Blog Post that it will remove location history data about some “very private” places from a Google account shortly after someone visits. The locations where their data will be deleted include “healthcare facilities such as counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment centers, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others,” according to the blog.

Google also noted that Fitbit users who use the device’s accompanying software as a period tracker currently need to delete these entries one by one, but an easier way to “delete multiple logs at once” is in the works.

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The location history changes will go into effect in the next few weeks, clearing up one potential bucket of data that law enforcement might require from a company. Google notes that its location history feature is turned off by default for people who use its services, but if you’re unsure about this, it’s always worth double check what personal information you are actively sharing with technical data brokers – especially now.


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