NJ calls on Apple to protect data in reproductive health apps

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin on Monday sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter co-signed by nine other US attorneys general, urging the company to protect privacy on apps it offers that contain reproductive health data collect and store to better ensure.

June decision of the US Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned the right to a guaranteed abortion Roe v. calfwhich, according to the OAG press release, raises concerns about potential law enforcement action among those seeking or providing reproductive health care.

Platkin said Apple “simply hasn’t done enough to ensure private reproductive health data collected and stored by apps isn’t used to track, harass, or criminalize those who attempt to exercise their reproductive freedoms.” exercise.”

The group of attorneys general is asking Apple to update its privacy policy to more clearly communicate what data can be disclosed under what circumstances, and the deletion of data non-essential to app usage, including location and search history Require that apps, or those they sync with them, implement the same privacy standards.

OAG said Apple “has long promoted privacy as one of its ‘core values’ on both the iOS platform and the App Store,” but reproductive health apps “often don’t meet the same standards or don’t implement adequate protections.”

The Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Washington co-signed the letter with New Jersey.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and host for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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