Google Caves to Leftist Pressure, Will Delete Abortion Clinic Patient Location Data

July 7th, 2022 12:46 PM

Following pressure from Democratic Party lawmakers and the liberal media, Google announced that it would make a new exception for retaining users’ location history—users visiting abortion clinics.

After the U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson decision that struck down Roe v. Wade, multiple tech companies and executives rushed to voice their support for baby killing. Google has now joined the ranks of pro-abortion businesses.

The Big Tech platform received considerable pressure from Democratic Party lawmakers, with 42 demanding that Google help those seeking illegal abortions by not collecting their location data.

14 senators and seven House lawmakers -- all Democrats -- also signed a letter to Google pressuring the company to remove crisis pregnancy clinics from abortion-related search results. Following such pressure, lo and behold, the platform announced that it will delete user location data for abortion clinic patients. 

“Some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, [and] abortion clinics … can be particularly personal,” the Google blog post reads. “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.”

Google’s updated policy will also allow new deletion options for logs of certain user app data.

Google claimed in the blog post that it is working on other ways “to strengthen and improve” data privacy protections, and this is a “focus” of the company. Google also wrote that it supports “Congressional efforts to reach bipartisan agreement on nationwide privacy protections that move the burden of privacy off individuals and establish good data practices across the board.”

Google even claimed that it would object to law enforcement measures concerning abortion-related data in some cases. “Google has a long track record of pushing back on overly broad demands from law enforcement, including objecting to some demands entirely,” Google noted in the blog.

Google didn’t appear so concerned about user data privacy in the past. Free Speech Alliance member Project Veritas presented evidence in April alleging that Google had complied with secret government court orders and gave the government detailed private data from Project Veritas employees’ Gmail accounts.

Google Trends also partnered with Axios in November for an election-related data analysis project. The project included maps of the U.S., showing the frequency of keyword searches for certain words/phrases in each area on Nov. 2-4. Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and researcher Dr. Robert Epstein, PhD slammed the project in exclusive comments to MRC Free Speech America, saying, “The more you know about people, the easier it is to manipulate them.”

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