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Protecting people’s privacy on health topics

Axios: “Google announced it will soon start deleting the “Location History” entry if a user who is signed in to a Google app — including Gmail or YouTube — visits a “particularly personal” medical facility.

  • That includes counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics and cosmetic surgery clinics, Google said in a blog post.
  • The change will take effect “in the coming weeks,” Google said.

The big picture: Tech companies may soon face pressure to surrender abortion-related data in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Axios’ Ina Fried writes.”

 Reality check: Google didn’t commit to automatically deleting search histories about abortions, the N.Y. Times notes. Users must do so.” [Big Tech does not, repeat, does not protect user privacy.]


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