California Measures aim to Protect Women who Travel Here for Abortions From Prosecution, Subpoenas in Their Home States
A new bill, AB2091, would forbid health providers from releasing medical information about a person seeking or obtaining an abortion but even if it passes, out-of-state prosecutors could target women who seek abortions in California by buying cell phone or internet search data from data brokers, said Irina Raicu, director of internet ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
“It might feel to some of us like if Roe is overturned, we would be going back in time, but we're not going back in time,” she said. “We're really headed into uncharted territory, because before Roe was passed people didn't carry around phones that track their location data everywhere they went, and there were no companies like data brokers to collect that data and package it and then resell it to anybody who would pay for it.”
Irina Raicu, director of internet ethics, quoted by SF Chronicle.
May 6, 2022
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