Google Says It Will Delete Visit History For Abortion Clinics And Other Medical Websites

Google announced on Friday that it will no longer store information on people who visit websites for abortion clinics and information in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

When customers visit abortion websites and other medical facilities, the business promised to immediately wipe their location records.

According to Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of core systems and experiences at Google, “today we’re announcing that if our systems determine that someone has visited one of these areas, we will erase these entries from Location History shortly after they visit.”

The swift deletion list includes organizations that “may be very personal,” such as counseling services, domestic abuse shelters, abortion clinics, and fertility clinics.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, also owns Fitbit, the well-known bracelet used to monitor activity and fitness. Also discussed is its tracking.

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Menstruation logs can now only be deleted individually for Fitbit users who have decided to track their periods in the app; however, future upgrades will allow users to erase several logs simultaneously.

Users in states where abortion is currently prohibited could be targeted using the deleted data for Google and other devices. How Google would respond to requests for data from law enforcement was not mentioned. It did state that it will “continue to reject proposals that are excessively broad or otherwise legally problematic,” though.

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