A group of Democratic Party lawmakers in the US have urged Google to stop collecting smartphone location data, which could potentially be used to identify women who have opted for abortion. The move comes as the US Supreme Court fears overturning the landmark Row v Wade decision Mt.
A decision made in 1973 guaranteed abortions to women across America.
More than 40 lawmakers have signed a letter urging Google CEO Sundar Pichai to stop collecting data for the company. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders along with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among lawmakers who have signed the letter.
We are concerned that, in a world where abortion may be made illegal, Google’s current practice of collecting and maintaining comprehensive records of cell phone location data will allow it to become a tool for far-right extremists Wants to crack down on people seeking reproductive health care,” said the letter, which was published online.
“That’s because Google stores historical location information about hundreds of millions of smartphone users, which it regularly shares with government agencies.”
Google did not respond to AFP’s request for comment.
According to AFP, polls show that a majority of Americans support some form of abortion.
However, the right wing of American politics has insisted on restricting abortion rights. States controlled by the Republican Party have taken steps in this direction.
“If this decision becomes final, the consequences will be dire,” the lawmakers said.
“Republicans in Congress are already discussing passing laws criminalizing abortion in all 50 states, putting the government in control of women’s bodies.”
In their letter, lawmakers urged Google to stop collecting location data from smartphones that prosecutors could use to identify women who have visited health care facilities that provide abortions.
The letter states that Google regularly receives court orders that force it to turn on user location information, including “geofence” orders, to all people living near a particular location at a given time. requests data about.
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The letter states, “If abortion is made illegal by the Supreme Court and Republican lawmakers, it is imperative that right-wing prosecutors continue to hunt, prosecute and imprison women in order to obtain critical reproductive health care.” Will obtain a legal warrant.”
(with inputs from agencies)
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