Mozilla publishes a study on the data protection of applications that track your period and pregnancy periods which are frankly ineffective.
A few weeks ago, a court decision made possible the legalization of abortion in the United States. Since then, several states have already adopted the motion and have made several arrests of young women wanting to have an abortion or having done so in recent weeks. To find out about the different cases, the authorities did not hesitate to call on more than questionable digital solutions.
We learned, for example, of Facebook’s collaboration in a case involving a minor, after Meta decided to give the police all of her personal data, including her private messages. It is a technique used more and more, but it is not the only one. Indeed, the authorities can also use devious means, such as surveillance through certain applications.
The first in the line of sight are the period and pregnancy trackers, which allow users to follow their menstrual periods or their pregnancy cycle more or less precisely. These applications work on the involvement of its users to provide a certain amount of data necessary for the calculation of the results. However, all the information you provide is not necessarily well protected.
No dedicated app is satisfactory
Mozilla researchers have conducted a study on the security of your data on 25 of the most popular applications of its kind. And the conclusion is clear: 18 of them are not safe for their users. Among the names cited, there are ten period monitoring applications, 10 specific for pregnancy, as well as 5 health monitoring ecosystems offering services related to these two themes.
It is surprisingly the latter that seem to best protect your sensitive data. These are Garmin, Apple Watch, Whoop Strap 4, Fitbit and Oura Ring. Among the other applications, we find in the problematic category hits such as Clue, Eve or Flo. The study is mainly based on the privacy policies of these applications, and the measures described in the event of control by the authorities or the sale of data for commercial purposes. Jen Caltrider, president of research firm Privacy Not Included, says:
“Companies that collect personal and sensitive health information must exercise extra care regarding the privacy and security of the personal information they collect, especially in the post-Roe vs. Wade world in the United States. United. Many of these companies only vaguely state whether they will share this data. [avec les forces de l’ordre]. They don’t mention whether they need a court order. They do not specify whether they will make a voluntary disclosure.”
If the French and French do not necessarily have to worry about any reprisals, it still alerts on the security of your data in the digital age.