Google announced on Friday that it will soon get rid of location history entries if the search engine identifies that a person has been to an abortion center or other medical facility, an action following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president at Google, written in a blog post that the location history update would be effective “in the coming weeks”.
“Location History is a Google Account setting that’s turned off by default, and for those who turn it on, we’re providing simple controls like auto-delete so users can easily delete parts or all of their data. at any time,” she said. .
“Some of the places people visit – including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment centers, weight loss, cosmetic surgery clinics and the like – can be particularly personal,” she added.
The search engine‘s announcement comes a week after the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion, reversing a 50-year-old precedent. The decision led to a patchwork of states revoking access to the medical procedure, although some state laws were suspended due to ongoing legal battles.
Following a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion saying the High Court would decide to overturn Roe v Wade, a group of Democrats wrote a letter to the search engine’s chief executive in May, pushing Google to stop collecting and retaining data about user locations amid fears the data could be sought by those pursuing abortion bans.