Google According to a blog posted last week, users will automatically delete location history when they visit a sensitive location, such as an abortion clinic.
In the post, the tech giant stated that the location history setting in Google Accounts is turned off by default and that users who turn it on can remove data at any time. The new protections will remove entries from locations after users visit counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics and cosmetic surgery clinics. The feature will be added next week.
Google also said it plans to roll out updates to Fitbit that allow users to delete multiple monthly logs at once by tracking their periods. Users can now delete one log at a time.
“We are committed to providing strong privacy protections for those who use our products, and we will continue to look for new ways to strengthen and enhance these protections,” wrote Jane Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of Core Systems and Google Experience, in a blog post.
“We support congressional efforts to reach a bipartisan agreement on privacy protection across the country that removes the burden of privacy on individuals and establishes good data practices across the board.”
Later Rowe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court last month, with privacy experts expressing concern that personal data could be used as evidence that a user wanted an abortion.
Period-tracking app flow Announced last week that it would soon launch an “anonymous mode” so people could use the app without personal email, name and technical identifier. Other apps Released the statement Discuss their privacy and data sharing policies.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Civil Rights Office Last week the guidelines revealed how federal laws and regulations protect the protected health information of individuals related to abortion and other reproductive health care. It also clarifies what medical information is protected on personal devices such as smartphones, and advises on protecting privacy when using the health app.
There are a few senators HHS is being called upon to update the HIPAA so that patient health information cannot be shared with law enforcement agencies targeting people who have had abortions.
“When the HIPAA Act was signed in 1996, Rowe v. Wade supported the right to abortion for more than two decades,” said Senator Michael Bennett, D.C. And Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Wrote to the HHS Secretary, Xavier Bessara. “When the HIPAA Privacy Rules were enacted in 2000, it was unthinkable that the Supreme Court would take away this fundamental right after more than 20 years.”