Clinic facilities

Google will soon remove location data for abortion clinic visits in light of Dobbs ruling

Google said Friday that the company will soon erase the location data of anyone who visits an abortion clinic — among other health-related facilities — shortly after their visit.

Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of core systems and experiences at Google, broke the news in a blog post, which comes a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Other places Ms Fitzpatrick said Google would start removing include counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, fertility centers, addiction treatment centers, weight loss clinics and health clinics. of cosmetic surgery.

“Today we are announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these locations, we will remove these Location History entries shortly after their visit. This change will take effect in the coming weeks” , Ms. Fitzpatrick wrote.

The blog post also reiterated its stance on not complying with requests from law enforcement officials regarding the sharing of user data.

“We remain committed to protecting our users from inappropriate government data requests, and we will continue to oppose requests that are overly broad or otherwise legally objectionable,” Ms. Fitzpatrick wrote.

Data stored on Android, Fitbit, Search and Google Maps — all owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet — carries a different connotation in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, according to CNBC, as it could be used to target this which is now potentially criminal activities.

That’s why Fitzpatrick explains how Fitbit users who use the device to track their menstrual cycles can delete that data. Ms Fitzpatrick also said an update will be released that will allow users to delete multiple data logs at once.