A group of US congressmen have called on Google to stop collecting “unnecessary” data.
More than 40 Democratic members of Congress have expressed concerns that location data could be used against people who have obtained abortions.
A letter sent to Google CEO Sundar Pichai reads: “We believe abortion is healthcare.
“We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that it remains recognized as a basic human right and that all people in the United States have control over their own bodies. That said, we are concerned that in a world where abortion could be practiced illegally, Google’s current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of cellphone location data will allow it to become a tool for far-right extremists seeking to suppress people seeking health care reproductive.
Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, praised the campaign.
He argued that Google was currently at risk of becoming “complicit in the criminalization of abortion”.
He said in a statement: “It’s not enough for tech companies to say they’re pro-choice, they need to stop collecting data that puts pregnant women at risk.
“There’s no way for Texas to station state police at every abortion clinic out of state, but with data from Google and other companies, they don’t have any. “No need. If the tech giants don’t act soon, we’ll see pregnant women seeking out-of-state abortion care, only to come home with a warrant for your arrest.”