Google will start clearing location data for abortion clinic visits – TechCrunch


In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down federal abortion rights in the United States, many people are wondering how the apps they use every day could suddenly turn against them.

As concerns grow about the endless well of data that tech companies have built an entire industry around, Google is taking at least one step to mitigate some potential damage from location tracking.

The company announced in a blog post on Friday that it will remove location history data for certain “particularly personal” places from a Google Account shortly after a person visits it. Locations that will have their data deleted include “medical facilities such as counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment centers, loss clinics weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics and more,” according to the blog post.

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

The location history change will go into effect in the coming weeks, draining a potential bucket of data that law enforcement could demand from the company. Google notes that its location history feature is turned off by default for people using its services, but if you’re unsure about this, it’s always worth double-checking what personal information you actively share with brokers. in technology data, especially now.

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