Facing Pregnancy with Surveillance Risks
May 26, 2022 | Grantee Publications | Technology in the Public Interest
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Pregnant people are already subject to pervasive surveillance, often restricting what healthcare they can access. If the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v Wade, tracking tools could be used to target and harm pregnant people, their support networks, and healthcare providers. A MacArthur-supported report on abortion surveillance from the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) looks at the risks.

It examines how pregnancy is already surveilled—both by non-state actors harassing people seeking care and by police using digital surveillance. S.T.O.P. highlights systems that will likely target pregnant people post-Roe, including keyword search warrants and location tracking. Measures from state governments, private companies, and personal precautions can protect pregnant people’s privacy with bans on electronic surveillance and stronger data security.

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