Are Period Tracking Apps Safe to Use in a Post-

In the post-, there’s been a lot of understandable conversation around period privacy. Experts have warned that in an effort to crackdown on self-managed abortions—which are medically indistinguishable from miscarriages—law enforcement can and will subpoena information to be used as evidence of a terminated pregnancy. That includes data found in period tracking apps.

“In the states where abortion has been or will soon be banned, any pregnancy loss past an early cutoff can now potentially be investigated as a crime,” wrote Jia Tolentino in The New Yorker. “Search histories, browsing histories, text messages, location data, payment data, information from period-tracking apps—prosecutors can examine all of it if they believe that the loss of a pregnancy may have been deliberate.”


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