Category Archives: abortion

California lawmaker seeks to end to ‘reverse warrants’ that could pinpoint abortion seekers

A California lawmaker on Monday introduced a bill that would put an end to digital dragnet warrants that could be used to surveil individuals seeking reproductive health services and gender-affirming care. “With states across the country passing anti-abortion and anti-trans legislation, it’s vital that California shore up our protections against digital tracking of vulnerable people […]

People search websites create privacy nightmares for abortion rights advocates

When you search online for Maleeha Aziz, deputy director of the Texas Equal Access Fund, it’s clear she’s one of the many Americans who had an abortion. She testified in front of Congress about her experience traveling out of state to get the procedure and isn’t afraid of sharing her story as part of the […]

House Republicans want DOJ briefing on conservative group hacks

House Republicans on Wednesday asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to brief a congressional committee by Oct. 5 on what they say are “politically-motivated cyberattacks intended to silence supporters of conservative causes.” The Republicans pointed to a string of hacks dating back to September 2021, when hackers claiming to be carrying out an Anonymous operation […]

Hackers leak huge cache of data from evangelical organization that supported Dobbs decision

Pro-choice hacktivists leaked more than 74 gigabytes of data connected to evangelical organizations, the latest example of how abortion rights supporters are attempting to use the internet to rally support against groups that supported the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling reversing Row v. Wade. A message posted alongside the data specifically called out a conservative religious […]

Biden executive order calls for reproductive health privacy protections

President Biden on Friday announced plans to sign an executive order that would take steps to defend reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. A fact sheet for the executive order addresses many of the concerns that privacy advocates and health care experts have expressed about the reversal’s potential to […]

Mark Zuckerberg tells employees Facebook’s ‘encryption’ will protect abortion-seeking users

When asked at an all-staff virtual meeting Thursday what Facebook was doing to protect the privacy of users who are seeking abortions after the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, CEO Mark Zuckerberg pointed to the company’s ongoing push to encrypt its services. “Protecting people’s privacy is always important, I get that this is […]

Post-Roe reproductive privacy goes beyond period trackers, experts say

The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade last week triggered a viral wave of concern about how law enforcement in states criminalizing abortion could use everything from period tracking apps to data from Planned Parenthood’s website to arrest abortion-seeking Americans. “When you’re looking at the criminalization of something that used to be legal, potential […]

Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade reversal sparks calls for strengthening privacy

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday, ending nearly 50 years of the nation’s highest court affirming the constitutional right to abortion and prompting privacy-focused lawmakers and advocates to say the ruling for federal privacy legislation even more urgent. “Congress must pass legislation protecting people’s data so their web searches, text messages and location […]

Democrats press Google to overhaul data location practices to protect abortion-seekers

More than 40 Democrats sent a letter to Google Tuesday calling on the company to overhaul its collection and retention of location data that prosecutors could use to prosecute people obtaining abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned. “If abortion is made illegal by the far-right Supreme Court and Republican lawmakers, it is inevitable that […]

Reproductive rights at risk galvanize calls for federal privacy legislation

A leaked draft decision indicating the Supreme Court intends to overturn abortion rights has put a glaring spotlight on how the tech industry’s rampant data collection on American consumers could be weaponized in surveilling and criminalizing women who seek abortions. The potential risks have added fuel to the efforts of some Democrats in the House […]

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