Report on Tools Used to Surveil Pregnant People / Public News Service
A new report is alarming about tracking technology that could be used to target pregnant women if and when Roe v. Is reversed. Wade.
Because of the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stating that at least five justices plan to overturn the important abortion decision, New York lawmakers have passed bills to protect patients and providers. abortion, and to limit the power of other states to extradite people seeking abortion in New York.
Albert Fox Cahn, founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project and co-author of the report, said search-engine tools such as geofencing and keyword warrants are already being used to track pregnant women, and can be scaled up without Roe.
“All the apps on our phone that collect our data are a court order away from being a policing tool,” Fox Cahn asserted. “And while that has been the reality for countless Americans for years, that will be a life -changing threat for pregnant people in America.”
The report pointed to a case in Mississippi where a woman’s search history was used to charge her with second-degree murder after a miscarriage. Fox Cahn urged lawmakers to implement privacy protections to complement abortion protections. He noted that the ban on geofence warrants is pending in the Legislature.
Fox Cahn stressed that even if the bill is approved to stop the extraditions of abortion patients in New York, law enforcement agencies will still be able to share surveillance data with other jurisdictions.
“As we’ve seen over the years that even though we claim to be a sanctuary city in New York City, our police data is still being used to target our undocumented neighbors,” Fox Cahn pointed out.
A group of 42 lawmakers last month signed a letter to Google’s CEO, asking the company to stop collecting and maintaining location data from its users.
Fox Cahn added that this is just the latest warning since 9/11 of surveillance tools being installed in the name of national security, posing threats to personal privacy.
“I think it’s really going to be an inflection point in the history of surveillance in America,” Fox Cahn said. “Because I think we can no longer have a denial about how dangerous these tracking technologies are.”
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