August 17, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google has announced that visits to abortion clinics will be automatically removed from users’ location histories.
  • Visits to other sensitive health-related facilities will also be subject to the auto-delete protocol.
  • Google will roll out the new privacy safeguards in the coming weeks.

Google is beefing up its privacy measures for users seeking to terminate pregnancies by automatically erasing visits to abortion clinics from location histories. The protocol will take effect in the coming weeks.

The decision comes a week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, removing the federal right for women to have an abortion. It raised fears that prosecutors in states where abortion is illegal could use location data stored by tech companies to track down women seeking abortions.