Privacy laws

After Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court last month, privacy laws were initiated over raised concerns that personal data could be used as evidence that a user sought an abortion.

Google will automatically delete location history when users visit sensitive places like abortion clinics. The location history setting on Google accounts shall be set off by default, and users who turn it on can remove data at any time. The new protections will delete entries from places like counselling centres, domestic violence shelters, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics and cosmetic surgery clinics soon after users visit. The feature will be added in the coming weeks.

Google also said it plans to roll out updates to Fitbit that will allow users who track their periods to delete multiple menstruation logs at once. Users can currently remove logs one at a time.

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