After Supreme Court decision to strip U.S. federal abortion rights, many question how the app they use every day could be suddenly against them.
Google is taking at least one step to mitigate some of the potential harms associated with location tracking amid concerns over the endless amount of data tech companies have built around entire industries.
The company announced on Friday blog post It deletes location history data about certain “extraordinarily private” places from Google Accounts shortly after someone visits them. Locations where its data will be removed include “counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic clinics and other medical facilities,” the blog said.
Google also notes that Fitbit users who use the device’s companion software as a period tracker currently have to delete the entries one by one, but an easier way to “delete multiple logs at once” is in the works.
Changes to location history will go into effect in the next few weeks, emptying a potential bucket of data law enforcement may ask the company to provide.Google points out that its location history feature is turned off by default for people using its service, but it’s always worth it if you’re not sure double check What personal information you are actively sharing with tech data brokers – especially now.