Senator Ron Weiden, D-OR
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Prompted by a group of 42 Democrats Google CEO Sundar Pichai letter Tuesday will stop collecting and retaining unwanted or unaggregated location data that may be used to identify people seeking an abortion.
The letter preceded the expected reversal of the Roe v. Wade case, a Supreme Court proceeding that protected federal rights to abortion. Politico We have published a draft opinion to do just that. The court has not yet issued a final judgment, but the presiding judge confirmed that the draft was genuine.
Prospects have raised concerns that location data or search history may be used for those seeking abortion or providing them in states where it is illegal to have an abortion.
Led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) And Senator Anna Esch (D-Calif.), He wrote: Google Current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of mobile phone location data makes mobile phone location data a tool for the far-right militants seeking to crack down on people seeking assisted reproductive technology. I can. This is because Google stores historical location information about hundreds of millions of smartphone users and regularly shares it with government agencies. “
According to the letter, Google received 11,554 geo-fence warrants in 2020. This is a type of court order that requires a company to deliver data from a user in a particular location at a particular time. It’s unclear how much Google is working together.
“It’s commendable that Google was one of the first companies in the United States to claim a warrant before disclosing location data to law enforcement agencies, but that’s not enough,” he wrote. “If abortion is illegal by the far-right Supreme Court and Republican legislators, a right-wing prosecutor will obtain a legal warrant to hunt down, prosecute, and imprison a woman for important reproductive care. Is inevitable. Customer location data from such exorbitant government oversight is not to retain it in the first place. “
Parliamentarians with Google Apple“Apple has shown that smartphone companies don’t need to maintain an invasive tracking database of customer locations. Google deliberately chose to do so, a new luxury for privacy and security. Creating a Digital Divide. Those who can afford an American iPhone will protect their privacy by having the government monitor their movements more than the tens of millions of Americans using Android devices. I can.”
16 Democrats last week Signed a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Lina KhanAsk agents to protect the data privacy of those seeking reproductive healthcare.
A Google spokesperson did not immediately respond to the request for comment.