"Informing You Without Watching you."  @digitalprivacy, Thu 07/21:
The end of Roe could finally convince Americans to care more about privacy

So do many of her friends and constituents, who messaged her about those apps after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade leaked. Major privacy concerns with period tracking apps emerged earlier this year, as the possibility that abortion could become illegal in certain parts of the country loomed. "It becomes really scary to think about all of the ways this data can be used and the fact that we have no protections against it right now," Jacobs said. Her bill is just one example of how the reversal of Roe and subsequent criminalization of abortion in several states may have put the biggest spotlight on online privacy since Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. There’s also a world of data brokers and app developers that, in the absence of federal privacy legislation, track us in ways many people don’t understand or expect. "We can’t rely on the goodwill of Big Tech to protect sensitive information that may affect women’s access to abortion and reproductive health care services - or worse, lead to their prosecution," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who introduced the Health and Location Data Protection Act (of which Wyden is a cosponsor). " We need federal legislation with strong privacy guarantees, and my bill would do just that." But any federal privacy bill needs some Republican support to pass. Some privacy and consumer advocacy groups, like Consumer Reports and EPIC, are cautiously optimistic about the bill. But ADPPA faces significant obstacles, even with the momentum the Roe reversal may have provided. Many California Democrats have said they won’t support a bill that weakens their state’s privacy law. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) currently opposes the bill, and as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, her support is necessary for the bill to go anywhere. Wyden, Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have also spoken out against the bill. Because, she says, she lives in a state that has a strong, comprehensive privacy law.

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