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Apple, Google face investigations over abortion data collection – ET BrandEquity

    Left To Right: Apple And Google (Image Courtesy: Istock)
Left to right: Apple and Google (Image courtesy: iStock)

Media reports say a group of US senators has urged Apple and Google to ban apps in their App Stores from collecting data that can be used to identify women seeking abortions. Is.

The letter, signed by five Democratic and independent senators, comes in the wake of a leaked draft of an upcoming majority opinion that indicates the Supreme Court has ruled in Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision establishing the constitutional right to abortion, reports CNET.

This follows the publication on Tuesday of a separate letter signed by 42 Democratic and independent senators and members of Congress calling on Google to stop collecting and retaining location data from its users, as it can be used by people who want to access location data. To identify those who wish to obtain an abortion.

Senators expressed concern that anti-abortion prosecutors and others would attempt to access and take advantage of personal information – including data related to location, online activity, health and biometrics – “in ways that would allow those exercising their right of choice.” threat to the well being of the .

The senators said many apps in both Apple’s and Google’s respective stores regularly collect this kind of data, then sell it to brokers.

The report said that citing letters to Google Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook, those brokers were asked to share that data with prosecutors or “even vigilantes”. Or no one is stopping you from selling.

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CNBC quoted a Google spokesperson as saying that this was a false bill because it would hurt publishers and reduce the quality of advertising. A Google spokesperson said, “The advertising tools from Google and many competitors help American websites and apps fund their content, help businesses grow, and protect users from privacy risks and deceptive ads.” Huh.”

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