Google employees want data privacy and protections for abortion

Hundreds of Google employees have petitioned the business to broaden its healthcare coverage for abortion to contract workers and to bolster privacy safeguards for internet users looking for abortion-related information. After the US Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, Google’s parent firm Alphabet promised to cover the costs of travel and other healthcare expenses for employees seeking an out-of-state abortion as well as to assist select employees with relocating. In over half of the US states, harsh abortion restrictions or bans are now legal thanks to the June decision that invalidated the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Contract workers, who are widespread in the sector and frequently receive lower pay and less benefits than full-time employees, are not covered by Google’s and other tech companies’ policies for abortion services.

More than 650 Google employees have signed a letter this week to Alphabet leaders Sundar Pichai and others requesting the inclusion of contractors in those perks.

Additionally, it requires the company to stop lobbying or making political contributions to those individuals or groups “responsible for appointing the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and continue to violate other human rights issues related to voting access and gun control.”

By censoring adverts that misdirect users to anti-abortion “pregnancy crisis” facilities, the staff members want to further protect Google users.

The Alphabet Workers Group, a labour union that has been attempting to gain foothold inside the firm, spearheaded the petition.

Google didn’t answer right away when contacted for comment regarding the petition on Thursday. The business announced in July that it will begin automatically deleting user data if they visited abortion clinics or other locations that might result in legal issues. Although users have always had the option to edit their own location histories, Google announced that it will now actively do so as an additional layer of security.

The corporation should immediately implement data privacy rules for all health-related activity, including information about abortions, according to the employees’ petition, so that it “must never be saved, turned over to law enforcement, or considered as a criminal.”

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