Now that the Supreme Court has stripped federal abortion rights in the U.S., many people are questioning how the apps they regularly use could suddenly be turned against them. A simple court order could force app makers to turn down their abortion-related data, potentially harming women looking to end their pregnancy.
Google is one of the companies that has a ton of information about each one of us, with their Android platform combined with Google Maps literally tracking every step we make. In that sense, it knows every time a lady visits an abortion clinic.
And now the search giant wants to help all those ladies by removing location history data about some “particularly personal” places from a Google account shortly after someone visits.
Among the locations that will have their data deleted are “medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others.”
The company also said that Fitbit users who use the device’s software as a period tracker should delete those entries one by one until they release the “delete multiple logs at once” feature — which is in development as we speak.
Said change to location history will be released in the next few weeks, emptying one potential bucket of data that law enforcement could demand from Google. The company added that its location history feature is off by default, but just to be sure about that – you should double-check what personal information you’re actively sharing with them. And this is especially important for ladies who do NOT want to conceive.
On our end, we advise the ladies — and everyone else for that matter — to always use a VPN so that even their ISP could not tell what kind of content are you searching for and which websites they’re visiting on the Internet. As they say, better safe than sorry…