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After a groundbreaking decision to protect the legal rights of abortion after a Supreme Court ruling overturned the Roe v. Wade case last month, many people have long unprecedented lives in the early 1970s. I saw how it would be.
However, access to abortion will vary significantly in 2022, thanks to innovations including safe medicines used to induce abortion.
There are also new digital tools that can connect people with healthcare providers, friends and other resources, making it much easier to find information about access to abortion.
Many people are asking for the first time because the groundbreaking ruling has been overturned. Whether the digital tools they use can endanger them or their loved ones..Since the United States and most states There is no digital privacy law To protect consumer information, it is often up to the business or the consumer to protect their privacy online.
Here you need to know how digital tools collect data, how prosecutors use such information in abortion and pregnancy-related cases, and how to pay more attention to the data shared by consumers. explain.
Digital tools can collect data in a variety of ways commonly found in privacy policies. These often dense legal documents indicate the type of data (name, email, location, etc.) that a particular tool collects and how it is used.
Consumers can look for words such as “sale” and “affiliate” to understand how and why their information is shared with other services than the ones they use directly. The Washington Post recently suggested in a guide To these documents.
The smartphone app may also collect location information, depending on whether the settings allow it.
The best way to protect all kinds of information on the Internet is to minimize the amount there. Some providers have recently taken steps to help consumers minimize their digital footprint when it comes to reproductive health care.
Google Said last week It works to quickly remove the location information of users who visit abortion clinics and other medical sites... It also makes it easier for users to delete multiple logs of menstrual data from the Fitbit app.
The time tracking app Flo recently added an anonymous mode that allows users to record their menstrual cycle without providing name or contact information.
However, it is largely up to the consumer to protect their information. Here are some ways to protect the information that users share online, whether health-related or not, based on tips from digital privacy experts, such as: Electronic Frontier Foundation When Digital Defense Fund:
- To use Encrypted messaging app Signals for communicating about sensitive topics and setting messages to clear themselves after a set period of time. This means that other users in your network will join the same app.
Enabling disappearing messages in encrypted messaging apps such as Signal can help protect your conversation.
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- Whether to turn it off Limit location-based services Only on your phone the apps you need it while you are using them.
- If you are visiting a delicate place Consider turning off your smartphone or leaving it at home..
- When searching online for sensitive topics Use search engines and browsers to minimize data collectionDuckDuckGo, Firefox, Brave, etc.
- use Private browsing tab Therefore, the website history is not saved automatically.
- use Virtual private network To hide the IP address of the device.
- Disable mobile advertising identifiers It can be used by third party marketers to track and profile you. For EFF Step-by-step description How to do this on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Turn off app tracking on iOS for added privacy.
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- Set Spare email and phone numberAbout delicate topics like Google Voice.
The risk of prosecutors using digital tools with abortion or miscarriage is not theoretical.
at least Two cases that have been attracting attention in recent yearsThe prosecutor pointed out an internet search for abortion drugs and a digital message between loved ones, explaining the intention of the woman accused of harming her baby allegedly having a miscarriage.
These cases show that even tools not directly related to assisted reproductive technology, such as menstruation tracking apps, can be evidence of abortion and miscarriage cases.
It is also important to know that law enforcement agencies may try to obtain information without accessing the device. Prosecutors may seek court orders to find out about your digital whereabouts if the services you use or the company you are in contact with are subject to proceedings.