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Google workers demand abortion protections and stronger data privacy

Hundreds of Google staff are petitioning the company to increase its abortion well being care advantages to contract workers and to strengthen privacy protections for Google customers looking for abortion info on-line.

Google mum or dad company Alphabet had pledged to pay journey and different well being care prices for workers searching for an out-of-state abortion and to assist some workers relocate after the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the constitutional proper to an abortion. The June resolution overturning 1973′s Roe v. Wade ruling has paved the way in which for extreme abortion restrictions or bans in practically half of the U.S. states.

The advantages for abortion companies supplied by Google and different tech corporations do not cover contract workforces, that are frequent within the tech business and typically receives a commission much less and have fewer perks than full-time staff.

A letter signed by greater than 650 staff and despatched this week to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and different Alphabet executives requires the inclusion of contractors in these advantages. The petition was organized by members of the Alphabet Workers Union, a labor union that is been making an attempt to achieve traction contained in the company.

It additionally calls for that the company stop any political donations or lobbying of politicians or organizations “responsible for appointing the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and continue to infringe on other human rights issues related to voting access and gun control.”

The staff search further safety for Google customers, akin to by blocking commercials that misleadingly direct customers to anti-abortion “pregnancy crisis” facilities.

The staff’ petition mentioned the company also needs to institute fast data privacy controls for all health-related exercise, together with abortion info, in order that it “must never be saved, handed over to law enforcement, or treated as a crime.”

The latest case of a Nebraska teenager going through felony expenses over an alleged abortion — expenses that prosecutors had been in a position to convey due to messages they obtained from Facebook — has precipitated alarm in privacy and technology circles. 

Privacy advocates concern that as states like Texas and Oklahoma create bounty hunter legal guidelines to prod residents into reporting on suspected abortions, data surveillance affords a plethora of doable sources of proof for prosecutors. 


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Google declined to remark concerning the petition Thursday. The company mentioned in July it might begin routinely purging details about customers who go to abortion clinics or different locations that might set off authorized issues. Users have at all times had the choice to edit their location histories on their very own, however Google mentioned it can proactively do it for them as an added degree of safety.

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