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Google to Delete User Data on Trips to Abortion Clinics

  • Internet giant acts as concerns rise on personal data privacy
  • Google will also make it easier to delete period information
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Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it will automatically delete records of user visits to sensitive locations, including abortion clinics, responding to growing concerns that the data could be used to prosecute those seeking reproductive care and other personal services.

The internet search and advertising leader said the Location History feature on its services is turned off by default, but even if active, the company’s policy starting in the coming weeks will be to rapidly delete records of visits to places that many people would prefer to keep private.