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Apple ‘must do better’ on reproductive health data, AG says

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and several of his counterparts are calling on Apple to better protect consumers’ reproductive health information on apps available through its App Store, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn in June of Roe v. Wade

In a letter sent Monday to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, Tong and other attorneys general asserted that Apple need to enact stronger measures to protect private reproductive health data collected from users of apps hosted on the App Store because they said that information “can be weaponized against consumers by law enforcement, private entities or individuals.”  

“From basic health and wellness apps, to period tracking, fertility and pregnancy tracking apps, we have enabled our phones to collect, retain — and sometimes share — our most personal and private reproductive health information,” Tong, a Democrat who was re-elected on Nov. 8 for a second term, said in a statement. “Apple says it has strong privacy and security measures for its devices, yet those protections do not extend to the apps they host on their store. Apple can and must do better to demand robust privacy protections and to ensure private reproductive health information is not used to criminalize and harass those seeking and providing abortion care.”

In addition to Tong, the attorneys general of New Jersey, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, North Carolina, Illinois, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., also signed the letter. 

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