Google closes data loophole amid privacy fears over abortion ruling

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Google closes data loophole amid privacy fears over abortion ruling

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Google closes data loophole amid privacy fears over abortion ruling

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Google is closing a loophole that has allowed thousands of companies to monitor and sell sensitive personal data from Android smartphones, an effort welcomed by privacy campaigners in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to end women’s constitutional right to abortion.

It also took a further step on Friday to limit the risk that smartphone data could be used to police new abortion restrictions, announcing it would automatically delete the location history on phones that have been close to a sensitive medical location such an abortion clinic.

The Silicon Valley company’s moves come amid growing fears that mobile apps will be weaponized by US states to police new abortion restrictions in the country.

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Developers’ ability to see which other apps are installed on people’s phones restricted.

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