The US Supreme Court’s recent Roe v. Wade verdict has received worldwide backlash. Several celebrities and mega-corporations are not happy with it as well. Google also now wants to help people in the way it can.

Google announced this Friday that it plans to delete location history data “soon after” users visit medical facilities, which also include abortion clinics. The company made this announcement in a blog post which also detailed how it will handle user data on apps.

Some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others — can be particularly personal. 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.

This change is expected to take effect in the next coming weeks, according to the blog post. The announcement specified that the users who have enabled location services on their device will now have the option of auto-deleting the saved data.

User privacy has been a long-standing issue, some might find the very practice of Google collecting their data to be problematic. Time will tell us how this new policy gives users protection regarding health issues.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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