202224 Jun

Roe v. Wade overturned: Heres how tech companies and internet users can protect privacy

Summary

The Supreme Courts decision on Friday to roll back the right to receive an abortion raises new questions about whether and how tech companies should protect the information of users seeking reproductive healthcare. That could be the case if they are ordered by a court to hand over certain types of data, like location information of users at an abortion clinic, search histories or text messages. Thats why a group of Democrats led by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., wrote Google last month about concerns that its "current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of cell phone location data will allow it to become a tool for far-right extremists looking to crack down on people seeking reproductive health care. "The tech platforms have a major role to play here," said Sussman, who said the companies should use their vast resources to challenge court orders for information related to abortion or pregnancy loss cases. EFF also suggests in a blog post about protecting sensitive information that users set up secondary email addresses and phone numbers for communications they dont want to be too closely connected to.

Source: Cnbc

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