Privacy and Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-Roe world
In the wake of the recent news of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ruling of Roe v Wade in its ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization, headlines have been dominated by conversations around privacy and fears of how the criminalisation of abortion care and surveillance by law enforcement will play out in a tech driven world. However, the extent to which companies and app developers are upholding privacy requirements and whether users’ data, whether knowingly or unknowingly, is being exploited and shared with third parties, including law enforcement, is of deep concern - especially given the current context as the criminalisation of abortion will further drive people online to covertly manage their reproductive health, including access to abortion care. Against this backdrop, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy published a report on the protection and use of health-related data in 2019. Period-Tracking Apps Period-tracking apps, by default, collate mass amounts of personal and sensitive information from its users.
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