Jul 01, 2022
Google says it will delete location history for visits to abortion clinics after overturning of Roe v. Wade
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Google said late Friday that it will work to quickly delete location history for people going to abortion sites and other medical sites following the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade last week.
"Today, we’re announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit," wrote Jen Fitzpatrick, Google's senior vice president of core systems and experiences, in a blog post.
Fitzpatrick noted that visits to places like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics and fertility centers "can be particularly personal." Google parent Alphabet owns highly popular devices and data services, including Android, Fitbit, Search and Google Maps. That's become a greater concern since the Supreme Court ruling, because of uncertainty surrounding whether sensitive data could be used to target what is now potentially criminal activity.
Google's post says, "Fitbit users who have chosen to track their menstrual cycles in the app can currently delete menstruation logs one at a time, and we will be rolling out updates that let users delete multiple logs at once."
The decision from the nation's highest court overturned nearly 50 years of legal precedent by reversing its original opinion that women have a constitutional right to an abortion. For weeks, Google and other tech companies have avoided answering questions from the media and legislators about their data storage and practices as well as how they will comply with potential law enforcement requests.
Google, which sent an email to employees with resources for its own employees amid the ruling, has also faced questions about its search results in addition to data privacy.
Even before the decision became official, lawmakers called on Google and the Federal Trade Commission to ensure data for online consumers seeking care would be protected in the event that the landmark ruling was overturned.
In May, a group of 42 Democratic lawmakers urged Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a letter to stop collecting and keeping unnecessary or non-aggregated location data that could be used to identify people seeking abortions.
Google's Friday post didn’t say how it would respond to potential requests from law enforcement. Instead, the company said it would "continue to oppose demands that are overly broad or otherwise legally objectionable."
Google also said the the responsibility is shared by many institutions.
“Given that these issues apply to healthcare providers, telecommunications companies, banks, tech platforms, and many more, we know privacy protections cannot be solely up to individual companies or states acting individually,” the post said.
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Britney Spears breaks her silence after ex reveals her sons have refused to see her for months
BRITNEY Spears has broken her silence after it was revealed she hasn’t seen her sons for months.
In a new interview Britney’s ex husband told how to Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, have made the decision not to see her.3 Britney's boys Preston and Jayden are having time apart from their mum 3 Britney Spears has opened up about the hurtful interviewCredit: Instagram
Hitting back, the pop star – described being ‘saddened’ by the ‘hurtful’ move – as she insisted she ‘gave them everything’.
In an emotional post, she wrote: “It saddens me to hear that my ex-husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children.
“As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone. It concerns me the reason is based on my Instagram. It was LONG before Instagram.
“I gave them everything
“One word: Hurtful... I'll say it... My mother told me "you should GIVE them to their dad" ... I'm sharing this because I can!!!”
In an explosive interview, her former husband Kevin, 44, said: “The boys have decided that they are not seeing her right now.
“It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her. They made the decision not to go to the wedding.
“It’s been tough. It’s the most challenging thing that I think I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
Kevin went on to say he has “apologised” to Preston and Jayden over the stream of online pictures posted by their mother.
In a series of interviews, parts of which will be aired on ITV News this week, he tells me: “I try to explain to them, ‘Look, maybe that’s just another way she tries to express herself’.
"But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what it does to them. It’s tough.”
In June, Britney, 40, married her partner Sam Asghari, 28, and bought a sprawling £10million mansion a stone’s throw from the Federline family home in Los Angeles.
Her glitzy wedding to the model and personal trainer was attended by celebrities including Madonna and Paris Hilton — but the majority of the Spears clan did not receive an invite.
Preston and Jayden were on the guest list but decided not to go after they halted contact with Britney several months ago.
Kevin said: “They were happy for her but as they’re not seeing her right now, they made the decision not to go to her wedding.”3 Kevin says he explains to the boys that Britney's naked posts are her way of expressing herself