Anti-abortion controversy has intensified in the United States lately after some leaks showed that the Supreme Court is planning to overturn the 1973 decision that gives a constitutional right to those looking for an abortion. To that effect, some U.S. senators are looking into tech giants including Google and Apple to prevent their apps from collecting data that could be used to identify those looking to obtain an abortion, cited sources close to the matter.
The letter, which was signed by five Independent and Democratic senators, comes in the lead-up to mid-term elections that are scheduled for November this year. The latest development also follows a separate letter that was signed by 42 senators as well as members of Congress that called on Google to stop collecting location data from its users given that it could be used to pick out women seeking an abortion.
U.S. senators believe that anti-abortion prosecutors could try to access and exploit personal information such as location, health and biometrics, and online activity, which would further threaten the well-being of those choosing to exercise their rights.
Various apps in Apple and Google stores have always collected this kind of data and then sold it to brokers, the senators claimed. They also mentioned that nothing stops these brokers from selling or sharing that data with prosecutors.
In other developments, Alphabet’s Google recently participated in ShareChat’s funding round that was worth USD 300 million. The fresh investments have now valued the Indian short video platform at around USD 5 billion.
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