Thursday, June 8, 2023

Tech giants Apple, Google face probe over abortion data collection

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 that many apps in the respective stores of both Apple and Google routinely collect such data, then sell it to brokers.

The report said there is nothing stopping those brokers from sharing or selling that data to prosecutors or “even vigilantes,” citing letters to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook. , stated in the report.



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