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Roe v. Wade Overturn Sparks Push For Stronger Privacy Protections

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The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn(Opens in a new window) Roe v. Wade is sparking fears tech companies will be subpoenaed to handover data that'll be used to prosecute abortion seekers.

On Friday, four Democrat lawmakers responded to the court decision by demanding the FTC crack down on both Google and Apple for facilitating the “unrestrained collection” of people’s personal data through their smartphones.  “Technology companies must take immediate steps to limit the collection and retention of customer data so that they don’t become tools of persecution,” US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said in a statement(Opens in a new window) on Friday.

Ending Roe v. Wade opens the door for over a dozen states across the US to soon criminalize abortion, as PCMag’s Chandra Steele wrote back in May.

This means women who seek out the procedure, or anyone who aids them, could face investigation and prison time, depending on the local law.

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