Fitbit will now allow users to delete their menstrual tracking logs more effectively. Reports coming in now suggest that goggle will now make it easier for users to delete data massively.
Fitbit Will Allow Users to Delete Their Menstrual Tracking Logs More Effectively
Recently, a blog post published by a senior Google executive revealed that Fitbit soon will be rolling out an update that will allow users to easily delete their menstrual tracking logs sufficiently and effectively.
The blog entry was published on the 1st of July by Jen Fitzpatrick which is a senior vice president of core systems and it was titled‘ protecting people’s privacy on health topics.’ The blog entry details the changes that Google is making to protect and remove all personal health information from the Google ecosystem.
The info shared includes allowing users to have their location history deleted automatically and also notify users about requests for information from law enforcement agencies and also to deleting menstrual logs.
What Fitzpatrick’s Blog Post Contains
Fitzpatrick wrote in the blog post: ‘For Google Fit and Fitbit, we give users settings and tools to easily access and control their personal data, including the option to change and delete personal information, at any time.’ He added ‘For example, Fitbit users who have chosen to track their menstrual cycles in the app can currently delete menstruation logs one at a time, and we will be rolling out updates that let users delete multiple logs at once.’
In the blog post, a time frame for whence the update will be available was not mentioned. But with the blog post, we cannot imagine that the update will be very far away, giving to the concerns that were raised by many users in the US that health data will be easily used in identifying people that are seeking abortions in the recent wake of the United States supreme court overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Another aspect touched by the blog post also is location history with Fitzpatrick stating that ‘some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others — can be particularly personal.’
He continued to add ‘Today, we’re announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit. This change will take effect in the coming weeks.’
Verdict on Fitzpatrick’s Blog Post
And based on the statement, we can easily imagine that the Fitbit update will be rolling out to all of its devices that support the tracking of periods alongside Google fit within a similar timeframe or even perhaps before the end of July. At the moment, there is no word on whether other institutions and companies such as Apple will follow suit with similar policies with the apple watch cycle tracking features.